Massachusetts motorists may be shocked to learn that approximately 7,000 motorists go to the emergency room every day after becoming involved in car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this amounted to more than 2.5 million individuals across the nation in 2012 alone with 200,000 of those individuals being required to stay in a hospital for treatment.
Although the total lifetime costs of accident injuries have dropped over the last decade, the CDC reported that car crashes were still the number one cause of injuries in 2012. It is estimated that, in that year, the total lifetime costs of these injuries were approximately $18 million with most of the costs being associated with the cost of emergency room treatment and hospital admissions.
While there has been quite a bit of focus on driving while under the influence and distracted driving, driver exhaustion also seems to be a factor in many car accidents. For example, a car crash that left comedian Tracy Morgan seriously injured and another person killed was attributed to a driver who admitted to falling asleep at the wheel after driving for approximately 24 consecutive hours. In a 2012 survey, one in four drivers admitted that their driving performance was affected by the lack of sleep.
Any auto accident can result in serious or even life-threatening injuries. If it was determined that the incident was caused by an exhausted driver, a distracted driver or a driver who was operating their vehicle under the influence, the injured person can potentially filed a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for certain damages. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the damages may potentially include the cost of the admission to a hospital, the treatment and loss of income.