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Auto Accidents

Auto Accidents impact nearly everyone in the United States each year.  With over 6.7 million motor vehicle accidents in 2019 (the most recent data available) and 2.74 million of those accidents resulting in injury, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will either be involved in an accident, know someone involved in an accident, or be a witness to an accident this year.  More importantly, motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. result in close to 40,000 deaths each year.  In 2019 there were over 36,000 traffic fatalities on United States roadways. For Americans aged 4 to 34, motor vehicle accidents are consistently the number one cause of death.  While 2020’s numbers will likely be lower due to stay-at-home orders resulting in less overall traffic, there have already been reported increases in the proportion of accidents that result in injury or death.

Two passenger vehicles with extensive damage after a wreck

Given the serious consequences of all automobile and other motor vehicle accidents and injuries, The Legal Examiner has gathered the following information to help you and your family stay safe and protect yourselves from the physical, emotional, and financial struggles that may result.  With this information, you will be able to make better choices when on the road and know what steps to take in the event of a collision. To help you stay safe and learn more, the information in this Help Center is broken down into the following five easy-to-understand articles:

Staying Safe and Avoiding Auto Accidents
Learn practical steps to keep your family safe and help avoid auto accidents and prevent injuries.

What to Do After An Auto Accident
Find out what to do when an accident occurs and how to get the help you need.  Make sure to read and print out our reference guide: What Should I Do After an Auto Accident? 25 Steps (pdf)

Medical Issues
Discover what to expect from doctors and hospitals and read about some post-accident issues that may arise.

Insurance Issues
Get information on various car insurance coverage types, and learn to navigate the claims process.

Legal Issues
Learn about your legal rights and how the system works.

In each of these articles you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom line advice to help you navigate through the challenging and often confusing process from the scene of the accident all the way to a successful resolution of all the issues that come from even a simple accident.   By reading and putting this information into practice you will be well on your way to keeping your family safe while making the best possible decisions in situations when an accident or injury has already occurred.

If you have been involved in an auto accident and need legal assistance, please see our directory of affiliates to find an attorney near you.


Fatalities and Fatality Rate per 100 Mllion Vehicle Miles Traveled
Fatalities and Fatality Rate per 100 Mllion Vehicle Miles Traveled (courtesy NHTSA)


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