auto deaths

Auto deaths claim the lives of more than 20,000 people every year, at least 2,000 of which are children under the age of eighteen. Though these statistics are high, they are lower than the totals for previous years. There are a variety of factors that contribute to auto deaths including number of internal and external factors that ultimately cause auto deaths. Auto deaths can be more likely in certain types of vehicles or under certain conditions. Auto deaths can be the result of another driver's negligence, the consequence of a vehicle mechanical error or component defect, or hazardous road conditions.

Auto deaths can be more likely when a driver or passenger is in a certain type of vehicle. Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in auto deaths than passenger vehicle accidents because motorcyclists are more vulnerable and less protected on the road. The injuries that are sustained by motorcyclists are more likely to result in auto deaths because they often involve serious head injuries and other fatal injuries. In 2002, over three thousand people were killed in motorcycle accidents.

Other vehicle accidents may be more likely to result in auto deaths due to their relative lack of stability on the road. SUVs, or sports utility vehicles, are four times more likely to rollover in an auto accident. In rollover accidents, victims are more likely to sustain serious head injuries or be ejected from the vehicle which can result in auto deaths.

Auto deaths can be the consequence of many types of motor vehicle accidents. In a majority of auto accidents, one party is responsible for causing accidents which resulted in auto deaths. When a party is found responsible for a motor vehicle accident, they can be held liable for any damages that were sustained as a result, including auto deaths. In 2001, 13,000 auto deaths or injury cases were attributed to one party's aggressive or reckless driving behaviors. Approximately forty percent of all auto deaths are the result of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.

Auto deaths can also be the result of auto accidents that were not caused by another driver. Mechanical failures and other defective auto components can cause vehicle accidents that result in auto deaths. Improper auto repair can also be the cause of accidents leading to auto deaths. In these cases, the auto manufacturer or supplier can be held liable for any damages caused as a result of their negligence, including auto deaths. Defective tires, inadequate roof structures, faulty seat belts, and a number of other auto component defects can cause auto accidents that result in auto deaths.

In other circumstances, auto deaths can be attributed to malfunctioning traffic control signals or other hazardous road conditions. Regardless of the cause of auto deaths, the family or beneficiaries of a decedent have the legal right to seek damages that were suffered in fatal auto accidents. Often times the exact cause of auto deaths is difficult to discern without the help of professionals. A qualified and experienced legal professional can investigate auto accidents in order to build a strong case for the victims of auto deaths, so that they may receive compensation for the damages they have suffered in a wrongful death personal injury lawsuit.

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