In 2007, car accidents disabled 2.4 million Americans and killed another 43,100.1 The damages reached more than $257 billion, and who knows the precise cost to individuals and families.
Before a Car Accident
Buy a Safer Car
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a terrific website (www.safercar.gov) where you can find a wealth of information on various topics including “Buying a Safer Car,” vehicle defects and recalls, crash test and rollover ratings and other safe driving resources.
Use Child Safety Seats
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has set up a location on the Internet to register your child seat, booster or other child restraint system. It is very important for owners of such restraint systems to register them with NHTSA so that they can receive notification if a safety related defect is later found in the restraint system purchased.
Keep a Checklist In Your Car
Download a FREE car accident checklist, print it, and store it in your glove compartment. If you are involved in anything from a fender bender to a total collision, review the checklist immediately.
After a Car Accident
If you’ve been in a car accident, even if you don’t think you’re injured, you should contact a lawyer. A good personal injury lawyer won’t pressure you to sue, but they will help you explore your options.
In many cases, a lawsuit is not necessary. Still, insurance companies may miscalculate damages or even refuse to pay out the insured party’s policy. At such times, a personal injury lawyer can help you receive a just settlement.
1. National Safety Council reports