The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA names drunk-driving, driver error, driving distractions, reckless driving, and over-speeding (and driving too slowly) as the top causes of the more than five million motor vehicle accidents on US roads and highways every year. These accidents always result to about two million injuries and more than 35,000 deaths.
Records from the NHTSA also show that those who usually violate traffic rules and the usual victims of fatal car accidents are young drivers whose ages range from 17 to 24. Aside from these records, there are also studies which reveal that while these young drivers, most of whom are students, know the traffic laws and say that they would never wish to share the road with speedsters, drunken drivers, and so forth, they, themselves, are guilty of the same traffic violations, which they do not want other drivers to commit. And the most typical reason for their behavior on the road is too much confidence, saying that they have perfect control of the wheel anyway – a far way of gauging road safety if one were to use the road safety standards applied by the NHTSA and observed by professional drivers.
With the intent of significantly reducing the number of car crashes, which always results to property damage, severe injuries or death, the NHTSA made enforcement of road safety laws much stricter. It has set up more check points for sobriety tests has been more strict in the implementation of the 0.08% blood alcohol concentration limit on all car drivers (with the much lower 0.04% limit for commercial vehicle drivers and zero tolerance on individuals below 21 years old).
In its website, the Seegmiller Law Firm explains that many accidents happen due to the careless or reckless behavior of another person – an act that entitles the victim to file a tort lawsuit against the liable party and receive compensation from the same, which is allowed by the law.
In pursuing justice and the full amount of compensation that a victim deserves, it is often necessary to that he/she is represented by a highly-competent lawyer, such as a Louisville car accident lawyer, whose knowledge of the tort law and extensive experience in the courtroom are necessary elements in earning for the victim the court’s favorable decision.