Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of brain and spinal cord injury in the United States. According to recent statistics, those numbers reveal that auto wrecks currently account for approximately 60% of all traumatic brain injury cases. Motorcycle accidents claim responsibility for about 20% of transportation-related head injuries, and brain and spinal cord injuries occur to children most often when they are passengers in motor vehicles.
With the frequency of car accidents on the rise and the nature of accident-related injuries growing more serious, car accidents are often the subject of personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death litigation. Current statistics reveal that fatal car crashes average 37,409 per year, with driver fatalities at 25,942 and auto passenger fatalities at 10,699. Most of these accidents are caused by simple driver error, many attributed to a lack of attention being paid to the road, traffic and surrounding conditions.
National Highway Traffic Administration
Kansas Department of Transportation