Deadly accident requires deceased driver’s insurance carrier to pay.
Deadly Car Accidents
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries, many of which are deadly car accidents. Over 5.6 million car accidents were reported in the United States in 2012. Of these, over 30,000 of were deadly car accidents and another 1.6 million involved other injuries. The damage they leave behind can be immense. The economic cost of car accidents is estimated to be $277 billion each year – or around $897 for every person living in the United States.
While car accident injuries can vary from person to person and from crash to crash, there are some fairly common ones. This article provides a general overview of common car accident injuries. More specific information for a particular case should always be obtained from a doctor.
Deadly car accidents can happen at any time without warning. The pleasure of driving has been affected by drivers who are not paying attention and who may be impaired.
Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) Crashworthiness Data System (CDS) were analyzed to determine time and cause of occupant deaths resulting from light vehicle crashes in the early 1990s. The results shows 46 percent of the deaths occurred within half an hour, 24 percent between half an hour and an hour and a half and a total of 90 percent within 24 hours. Of the deaths occurring during the 1.5 hours following injury 52 percent were the result of head injuries and 36 percent were the result of thorax injuries. When compared with the classical Trunkey tri-modal model, the “immediate” deaths are similar in time but somewhat lower in magnitude, the “early” deaths are earlier and somewhat lower in magnitude, and there is no evidence of a “late” peak. These results suggest that the tri-modal model may need to be modified to reflect current conditions.
Recent technological advances bring the possibility of nearly instant notification to prehospital care providers that a motor vehicle crash has occurred, including how severe any resulting injuries might be. This has generated an interest in the time to death and specific cause of death resulting from motor vehicle crashes in order to determine the potential benefits of this technology.
In his study of 862 cases, Trunkey found that more than half of the deaths were “immediate”, occurring within half an hour. The bulk of these immediate deaths occurred in less than 10 minutes, primarily the result of injury to the brain, spinal cord, heart or major blood vessel. Trunkey proposed that few, if any, of these fatalities could be saved. Approximately 30 percent of the total deaths occurred between half an hour and 3 hours post injury, with a peak at about an hour and a half after injury. These “early” deaths often resulted from major internal hemorrhage or severe blood loss. Trunkey argued that early medical intervention could save many of these patients. The remainder of the deaths were classified as “late deaths.” Mostly due to infection or multiple organ failure, they were normally distributed with respect to time, peaking between 3 and 4 weeks following injury.
Deadly Car Accidents Recovery
The result of a deadly car accident was one person dying as a result of an accident involving four vehicles. Plaintiff (deceased) suffered deadly injuries and Defendant’s auto insurance policy had a limit of $30,000.00. Plaintiff’s Underinsured Motorist (UIM) limits were $500,000.00 but the insurance carrier only offered $250,000.00 to settle the case. In November of 2014 during arbitration Plaintiff’s estate was award $399,269.00 less the $30,000 received from the primary insurance policy. Net recovery was $369,269.00.
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