More than five million motor vehicle accidents occur in the U.S. every year; at least two million of these are accidents involving cars. As explained by a Racine car accident lawyer, a car accident not only causes traumatic experience, but also severe physical injuries. or even death. Car accident injuries can profoundly impact a person’s life and can include costly medical treatment, lengthy rehabilitation periods, lost income, and short- or long-term disabilities.
Often, car accidents happen due to the negligence or recklessness of another person. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top four causes of accidents are drunk-driving, speeding, driver error (like failure to use signal lights or failure to buckle-up) and driving distractions, such as texting while driving, which is the leading type of distraction among young drivers in the U.S. All of these causes fall under the control of the driver, however, a study conducted by the NHTSA has also identified other causes of car crashes, but which fall outside the driver’s control; and since these are not obvious to the driver, the risk of accident is increased, and the extent of damage and severity of injuries, possibly greater.
These other causes include defective car parts and/or vehicular parts that do not meet the safety standards required by the NHTSA. The NHTSA, which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, has been given authority by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act “to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards.” (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallprocess.cfm)
In the past, and even today, so many defective cars and car parts continue to be recalled because these increase the risk of accident, putting so many lives in danger. Some of the defects that have already been found in cars include defective braking system, exploding airbags, defective child seats or, seat belts, headlights or signal lights that do not work properly, or tire tread depth that falls short of government standard. Due to these defects (plus so many others) there have been more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, mopeds and recreational vehicles, as well as 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, 46 million tires, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled due to safety defects since establishment of NHTSA in 1970.
Another law firm, called Williams Kherkher, also emphasizes the fact that accidents due to the negligence or recklessness of another party makes that party liable and legally responsible in paying financial compensation to help mitigate the present and future damages suffered by the victim.