There are approximately 6 million auto accidents in the United States each year, and these accidents result in approximately 32,000 deaths each year, or an average of 90 each day. Another 2 million individuals experience permanent injuries from car accidents every year, causing billions of dollars in direct economic costs, as well as untold amounts of human cost that results from these injuries.
On a personal level, car accidents can be among the most devastating events that anyone could ever experience. In the span of just a few seconds, your life can be turned upside down. A moderate to severe injury could leave you hospitalized and out of work for several weeks or months or longer, and losing a loved one (in an auto accident) is an event that will take a long time to recover from emotionally.
Car accidents in Parkersburg and other West Virginia communities have been increasing in recent years, and they are usually the result of some type of human error. It could be negligence or recklessness on the part of one or more drivers, or it could be another party that is not directly involved but still contributes to the accident.
When someone is injured in auto accident that is someone else’s fault, they deserve to be compensated. But those who cause Parkersburg car accidents do not usually pay willingly for the damage they inflict. It is very rare, for example, for an at-fault driver to write out a check that covers the full amount of an injury victim’s losses. In most cases, an injured person will be filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company.
The insurance claims process is very difficult to navigate, however, and the goal of the insurer is to mitigate their losses by paying you as little as possible for your injuries. As such, their interests are not aligned with yours. This being the case, it makes sense to have an experienced legal advocate in your corner who is looking out for your best interests.
At the office of The Masters Law Firm, we have several decades of experience representing car accident victims in Parkersburg and nearby West Virginia communities. While every case is different, our award-winning lawyers have secured big verdicts and settlements on behalf of personal injury victims, and we work closely with our clients, putting our experience to work to provide the strong personalized representation they need and deserve.
We are skilled litigators and strong negotiators. Since litigation is costly, time-consuming, and unpredictable, it is generally in the best interests of all parties to reach a settlement before a case ever goes to trial. So when possible, we seek to negotiate a settlement that fully and fairly compensates our client.
All of that said, there are times when the other side is not willing to negotiate in good faith. For this reason, we ready and able to pursue full damages at trial when necessary. From the beginning of our involvement in a case, we go to work immediately to prepare a rock-solid case that will stand up at trial, and oftentimes, our successful track record (with prior litigation) is enough to bring the other side to the table and solicit a reasonable offer.
Common Causes of Parkersburg, WV Car Accidents
Driverknowledge.com lists some of the typical causes of auto accidents that result in death. The three most common in this category are:
Alcohol: 40% of all car accident fatalities involve alcohol, and even after several decades of high-profile public awareness campaigns, alcohol remains the leading cause of auto accident deaths.
Reckless Driving: Driving recklessly plays a role in 33% of all auto accident fatalities. Examples of reckless driving behaviors include excessive speeding, tailgating, making sharp or illegal turns, running stop signs and red lights, illegal or dangerous passing maneuvers, and street racing.
Speeding: Driving over the speed limit plays a role in 30% of all car accident deaths. As the saying goes, “speed kills”, and crashes that happen at higher speeds tend to be more deadly than lower speed collisions.
Another one of the leading causes of car crashes is distracted driving. Distracted driving kills about 3,300 individuals each year, accounting for approximately 10% of all auto accident fatalities. However, distraction is reported as a factor in one out of every five vehicle accidents, and because drivers are unlikely to admit that they were distracted by their cell phone or something else at the time of the crash, experts believe the real number is much higher.
Some other notable reasons why auto accidents occur include:
Drowsy Driving: A surprising number of auto accidents are caused by drowsiness or fatigue. The CDC reports that drowsy driving is responsible for approximately 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in a year. But as is the case with distracted driving, many drivers will not admit to being sleepy or fatigued at the time of a crash, so the CDC believes that the real number of fatal crashes is more in the neighborhood of 6,000.
Vehicle Defects: A Parkersburg car accident can sometimes be caused by a faulty vehicle or vehicle part that contributes to the accident. Examples include brand-new tires that blow out, new brake lines that fail to stop the vehicle, and computer dashboards that malfunction in the wrong place and at the wrong time. When an auto accident is caused by a vehicle defect, it may be possible to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor, or any other party within the product’s supply chain.
Poorly Maintained Roads: Sometimes, a road that is not properly maintained could be a contributing factor in a vehicle accident. For example, maybe the road is full of potholes, cracked pavement, or other similar hazards. The same holds true for parking lots and parking garages that present inherent dangers for drivers and pedestrians. In some cases, the responsible party could be a government entity, which would involve special procedures if you are considering bringing a claim. Be sure to work with an attorney who fully understands this area of law and what it would take to prevail with this type of a claim.
Contact our Experienced Parkersburg, WV Car Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one got hurt in an auto accident in West Virginia, The Masters Law Firm is here to help. Our initial consultations are free, and if we take your case, you will only have to pay attorney fees if we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free consultation and case assessment with a member of our legal team, message us online or call our office today at 304-342-3106 or toll free at 1-800-342-3106.