Automobile accidents affect almost everyone in the United States each year. With over 6.7 million motor vehicle accidents in 2019 (latest data available) and 2.74 million of those personal injury accidents, there is a good chance that you or someone you know will either be involved in an accident or know someone who is in an accident involved or witness an accident this year. More importantly, car accidents in the US result in nearly 40,000 deaths each year. In 2019 there were over 36,000 road deaths on U.S. roads. For Americans ages 4 to 34, car accidents are consistently the number one killer. While numbers are likely to be lower in 2020 due to stay-at-home orders, resulting in lower overall traffic, an increase in the proportion of accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities has already been reported.

Given the serious consequences of all auto and other motor vehicle accidents and injuries, The Legal Examiner has compiled the following information to help you and your family stay safe and protect yourself from the resulting physical, emotional, and financial struggles. With this information, you can make better decisions on the go and know what to do in the event of a collision. To help you stay safe and learn more, the information in this help is divided into five easy-to-understand articles:

Stay safe and avoid car accidents
Learn practical steps to keep your family safe and avoid car accidents and injuries.

What to do after a car accident
Find out what to do in the event of an accident and how to get the help you need. Be sure to read and print our reference guide: What should I do after a car accident? 25 steps (pdf)

Medical problems
Find out what to expect from doctors and hospitals, and read about some potential issues after an accident.

Insurance issues
Read up on different types of auto insurance and learn how to navigate through the claims process.

Legal issues
Find out about your legal rights and how the system works.

In each of these articles, you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line tips to help you navigate the challenging and often confusing process from the scene of an accident to successfully resolving any problems that come by themselves as a simple accident. By reading this information and putting it into practice, you will be well on your way to protecting your family while making the best possible decisions in situations where an accident or injury has already occurred.

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Fatalities and fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven (Courtesy of the NHTSA)

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