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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2009 that 33,808 people died in car accidents in the United States. Another 2.2 million people were injured in these accidents. 878 people died in car crashes in Missouri in 2009, making the state the eleventh most deadly in the U.S. in regards to car collisions. As a consequence, attorneys who handle auto accident cases are in high demand. When a lawyer or law firm is contacted by a car accident victim and that lawyer’s or firm’s focus is on other areas of law, these legal professionals can turn to fellow attorneys and law firms, referring the case to them knowing that the firm will provide effective and quality legal counsel and representation to the auto accident victim(s).

Auto Collision Causes

Distracted driving is a major contributing factor in many crashes in the U.S. Distracted driving is when a motorist takes their attention away from the road and focuses on something else, such as using their mp3 player or cell phone. Another cause of car accidents is a driver excessively speeding. The more a motorist speeds, the shorter their reaction time is to attempt to prevent a car crash. Another serious problem that causes many accidents in the U.S. is drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for about 40 percent of all car crashes in the country. A driver operating their vehicle recklessly can also cause an auto accident, whether they change lanes too quickly or tailgate another car too closely. A motorist driving while drowsy can also often result in a driver falling asleep while behind the wheel and losing control of their car, causing an accident.

Other factors aside from driver behavior can cause a car crash. Rough weather such as ice, snow, fog, or heavy rain can cause poor driving conditions and a motorist who doesn’t adjust their driving to meet these circumstances can cause an accident. Leftover debris from a previous car crash or badly kept roads with multiple potholes can also result in a car collision. Faulty parts on a vehicle can also make a car predisposed to an accident.

Common Vehicle Crash Injuries

Injuries suffered in a car crash can vary greatly. The most common injuries sustained by car accident victims include:

  • Lacerations, bruises, and fractures to the head and face
  • Dental injuries
  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Sprains, fractures, breaks, and dislocations of shoulder and arms
  • Spine and back injuries
  • Various foot, leg, knee, and hip injuries

Oftentimes psychological injuries can also result from a car accident, with symptoms akin to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Depending on the crash’s severity, more serious injuries can result, such as paralysis or death.

Car Accident Litigation

If you have been injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another, compensatory damages may be available to you. You could money damages for hospital bills, vehicle damage, medical expenses, ongoing treatment, medication, loss of present and future wages, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced Missouri car crash lawyer can help you understand your legal options after a car accident.

Referring Auto Accident Cases You Can Track

The Serious Injury Legal Group (SILG) was formed to help personal injury victims as well as attorneys and law firms around the country that need to refer their serious injury and wrongful death cases to an established and accomplished personal injury firm. SILG has been set up as a portal in which lawyers can refer personal injury cases easily to highly qualified personal injury lawyers. What makes SILG’s website unique is that it allows referring attorneys to check the status of the case they referred from inception through disposition with a login and password that can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SILG represents personal injury victims throughout Missouri and Illinois. SILG is currently accepting referrals on a case by case basis. If you would like to refer a case that you can track to a group of skilled injury attorneys you can trust, call us today at 1-800-900-SILG to find out how we can help you.