Issues Involved in Traffic Accidents

Issues Involved in Traffic Accidents

Traffic accidents are a common cause of injury for many people in the world. Most people have either been in an auto accident or know someone who has. Traffic collisions occur when a motor vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrians and similar road users including animals, obstacles on the road including architectural and physical features. Oftentimes, accidents lead to fatalities, physical injury, and damage to property. All traffic accidents, including motorcycle accidents as well as train accidents, have the major denominator of being caused by the human factor (driver impairment), vehicle design, road design, speed of operation, among other factors. Global; statistics indicate that traffic accidents lead to significant disability and mortality not to mention significant financial costs to both society and the individual. Road traffic fatality can be described in various ways as the definition differs from country to country.

In the United States for instance, according to the definition used in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) run by the NHTSA a fatality during an auto accident occurs when a person dies within 30 days of a crash on a US public road involving a vehicle with an engine, the death being the result of the crash. To elaborate further, if a driver has a non-fatal heart attack that leads to a road-traffic crash that causes death, that is a road-traffic fatality. However, if the heart attack causes death prior to the crash, then that is not a road-traffic fatality. This definition and many others like it in various countries around the world are apt to change with the passage of time. Indeed, in France, fatality is defined as a person who dies in the 30 days after the accident; but this definition was only incorporated after 2005 and previously used to be that fatality in an auto accident could only occur within the 6 days after the accident. Motor vehicle accidents cause a variety of personal injuries that pose a threat to the health and wellbeing of individuals

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Auto fires are common cause of burn injuries and according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) they kill several hundred and injure several thousand people each year. Timely exit from a burning car oftentimes mean the difference between life and death for most people. Gasoline spills arising from car crashes should be handed carefully as it is a highly flammable liquid and can cause death if ignited. It is also important not to open the hood of a car if you suspect the outbreak of a fire following an accident. The air could make the fire more severe. Car smash ups can also cause brain injuries when people are banged up on car seats, wind shields, or thrown out of their vehicles due to the impact. Brain injuries lead to brain damage or brain hemorrhage which can easily result in death or permanent disability. This often means loss of a livelihood in the case of disability. Most insurance carriers will first evaluate the types and severity of damages suffered and then to percentage of fault to calculate the amount of compensation due.