From the case of medical malpractice to workplace injuries to the easily preventable car accidents, there are many different types of cases that your average personal injury lawyer will handle over the course of their career. After all, personal injury cases are vast and varied but utterly quite common here in the United States, as any personal injury lawyer with any experience is likely to know quite well. As a matter of fact, the role of the personal injury lawyer is a hugely important one, especially since only around 4% of all personal injury cases actually end up going to trial and being seen in front of a judge and/or jury here in the United States.
As any personal injury lawyer knows, cases surrounding car accidents are particularly commonplace. After all, there are typically as many as six million car or other such motor vehicle accidents over the course of just one year here in the United States alone, let alone in other parts of this world. In these car accidents, up to three million people will sustain injuries, often serious and life changing ones (such as is the case with most serious spinal cord injuries) and up to 40,000 people will die in such accidents in that same span of time.
As any car accident attorney can attest to as well as any personal injury lawyer is the fact that drunk driving and driving while under the influence causes a large number of car and motor vehicle accidents. In fact, it has been found that more than one million people were arrested in the year of 2015 alone in direct relation to driving while under the influence. And more than 15% of all car accidents are caused by someone who is driving under the influence of a drug or a substance that is not alcohol.
But driving while drunk is hugely destructive in and of itself, which can be seen especially clearly here in the United States. After all, it’s estimated that as many as 300,000 people get behind the wheel while drunk over the course of just one single day here in the country, though less than 5,000 of them – less than 4,000 of them, even – actually end up being arrested. With the rest left out on the road to pose a danger to themselves and to others alike, the toll of drunk driving is high.
It leads to many deaths, both of the drivers and others in the car as well as pedestrians and people in other cars as well. In fact, the data even shows that more than 25 people will die as a result of drunk driving over the course of just one single day, a mere 24 hour time span. And for every two minutes that pass, a new person is injured as a result of drunk driving just here in the United States alone. So as any personal injury lawyer is likely all too aware of, car accidents and other such motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk driving tend to be particularly brutal.
But the typical personal injury lawyer also knows how dangerous other behaviors can be while on the road as well, such as in the case of distracted driving. Much like drunk driving, driving while distracted impairs the ability of the driver significantly, increasing their chances of getting into some form of motor vehicle accidents or collision quite exponentially. In fact, it has even been discovered that, while looking down at your phone for a mere five seconds when going at least 55 miles per hour, you’ll cover an entire football field’s worth of ground. In just that split second amount of time, just about anything can happen when you’re not paying attention to your surroundings, something that can prove to be very dangerous – and far too often deadly, as thousands of people die in accidents caused by distracted driving each and every year – if you’re not carefully and closely paying attention to your surroundings at all times when you’re behind the wheel.