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Car accidents and injury risk in Arkansas

In 2012, 2.5 million Americans were sent to the emergency room for treatment of injuries suffered in a car crash, according to the Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those 2.5 million people, 200,000 would spend time in the hospital, and roughly 80 percent of those who were injured were teens or young adults and those over the age of 80.

The lifetime cost of those car accident injuries was expected to be around $18 million, and most of the cost was attributed to hospital stays and treatment. Researchers say that while the cost of treating motor vehicle injuries decreased by $1.7 billion between 2002 and 2012, car accidents are still the most common form of injury in the United States. Researchers have noted that accidents occur mostly due to driver fatigue, distracted driving and impaired driving.

A 2012 study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 14 percent of truck drivers say that they have almost gotten into accidents due to driving while they have been tired. In many cases, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, impaired driving is a serious concern. It is believed that 10 percent of drivers in that age group drive after consuming alcohol.

Those who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents may wish to file a lawsuit against the driver whose negligence was the cause of the crash. An attorney may be able to review the results of the police investigation report in order to determine whether the driver was impaired or distracted when the accident took place. If so, injury victims may be awarded compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.

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