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Have you suffered a catastrophic injury or has a loved one been injured or killed as a result of an automobile accident caused by someone’s negligence?
Do you know what really caused the accident?
Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC has extensive experience in representing the families of individuals who have been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of automobile accidents occurring in the State of Maryland or the District of Columbia.
Recent data compiled by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reflects that there are more than 6 million automobile accidents which occur each year in the United States. In the year 2008 alone, approximately 2.35 million people were injured and over 37,000 were killed in the United States as a result of automobile accidents.
Tragically, automobile accidents remain the leading cause of death of children between the ages of 2 and 14 in the United States. Annually, approximately 250,000 children are injured in automobile accidents.
Finding Answers: Factors Contributing To Automobile Accidents:
Several factors typically contribute to cause automobile accidents and many are the direct result of someone’s negligence. Some of the most common factors contributing to cause automobile accidents are:
Driver Distraction and Inattention. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 80% of automobile accidents and 65% of near accidents can be directly attributed to driver distraction and/or inattention. With increasing frequency, distracted and inattentive motorists cause thousands of automobile accidents while texting, making cellular telephone calls or performing other tasks which necessarily distract their attention from the roadway.
A study conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2006 concluded that approximately 80% of all motor vehicle accidents involve some aspect of operator distraction, fatigue or inattention.
Because of the increasing frequency of automobile accidents directly attributable to driver distraction or inattention, many states have now outlawed texting and the use of hand held cellular phones and other devices while driving.
Motor Vehicle Law Violations. Many automobile accidents are also directly attributable to negligence associated with the violation of one or more motor vehicle traffic laws or regulations. Common violations of the motor vehicle traffic laws by negligent drivers include speeding, tailgating, improper lane changes and failing to yield the right away.
Driver Impairment. Driver fatigue, drowsiness and intoxication from drugs, alcohol or medications are well recognized factors contributing to cause automobile accidents.
Automotive Equipment Failure. Many automobile accidents are directly attributable to automotive equipment failures, typically involving the breaks, tires, steering mechanisms or suspension. When an automotive equipment failure causes an accident, liability may extend from the owner or operator of the defective vehicle to the mechanic or automobile repair facility responsible for a negligently performed repair or the distribution of a defective automobile part or accessory. Many cases of automotive equipment failure also involve manufacturing defects or design flaws, potentially implicating the automobile manufacturer.
The financial costs associated with having a loved one catastrophically injured or killed in an automobile accident can be devastating to any family. Frequently, the families of those catastrophically injured or killed in an automobile accident are unaware that the accident may have been caused by another’s negligence. Too often, the uninformed victims of automobile accidents and their families are sentenced to a lifetime of despair and financial peril, unaware that they may be entitled to potentially substantial compensation.
Not all law firms have the experience, financial and technical resources and professional access to the automotive, accident reconstruction and medical and engineering experts essential to the successful litigation of complex automobile accident cases. The successful investigation and prosecution of complex automobile accident cases typically requires a multidisciplinary analysis and approach, necessitating the involvement of experts in such specialties as automotive accident reconstruction, biomedical engineering, operator and occupant dynamics and kinematics and automotive and material science engineering.
We at Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC will help you find the answers by determining what really caused any automobile accident resulting in the catastrophic injury or death of your family member or loved one.
If a loved one or anyone in your family has suffered a catastrophic injury or death as a result of an automobile accident in the State of Maryland or the District of Columbia, please contact the law firm of Dugan, Babij, Tolley & Kohler, LLC at 1-800-408-2080 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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