Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Emergency Room Visits from Car Accidents
January 5, 2015
According to a recent report in Health Day, approximately 7,000 people were sent to a U.S. emergency room each day in 2012 for injuries resulting from a car accident. An estimated 2.5 million people were injured in car accidents that year across the United States at a cost of over $18 billion dollars in medical expenses alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that these car accidents cost Americans $33 billion in lost wages in that same year. Surprisingly, these numbers are a sharp decline from the reported emergency room visits and hospitalizations resulting from car accidents in the year 2000. Even so, it is clear that more must be done to keep drivers safe on U.S. roadways.
Statistics reported by the CDC show that age plays a role in motor vehicle crashes. Drivers younger than 30 years of age accounted for 38% of emergency room visits resulting from car accidents in 2012, while one-third of drivers aged 80 and over required hospitalization following their emergency room visit. The young driver tends to engage in risky behaviors such as speeding and distracted driving that lead to a large majority of car crashes in that age group, while older drivers can be impaired by slow reflexes and poor eyesight.
In response to the CDC report, officials at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control say that states across the country can improve driver safety by enforcing local laws and utilizing interventional strategies to deter distracted driving and impaired driving. Education is vital to encourage the use of car seats and booster seats for children, and the regular use of seat belts for older children and adults. Young driver safety programs can help the inexperienced driver understand the importance of obeying the laws of the road and the dangers of texting while driving.
The United States Library of Medicine also suggests that all drivers pay close attention to the maintenance of their vehicle. Worn tires, weak brakes, and broken tail lights or turn signals can create dangerous situations on the road that lead to serious injuries. Rear view mirrors and windows clear of cracks and debris can help avoid pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents. General inspection and routine maintenance of automobiles is essential to safe roadways.
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