Personal Injury Facts and Figures

When people think of a personal injury occurring, they always think it will happen to someone else….until it happens to them.

Then they scramble to deal with the care and treatment of injuries, the expenses, lost work, and the pain and suffering. It’s probably a good idea to be aware of the most common types and causes of personal injury incidents, and to have the name of a trusted, experienced lawyer who will protect your rights on hand all the time. It is likely that at some time in your life you or someone you know will need one.

The most common causes of personal injury incidents are accidents, negligence by another person or party, defective equipment, and unforeseen happenings or occurrences. There are also injuries that occur as a result of someone else’s deliberate actions which include physical battery.

(1) By far, the number one cause of injuries in the United States is traffic accidents.
In 2011 there were 32,479 people killed in traffic accidents according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2012 the number rose to 33,561 people killed.

According to the US Census Bureau, the population as of Dec 30, 2014 at 2 pm is 320,083,330 – by the way, here is an interesting website that gives to-the-minute population data: –

Now, if you consider that there are 320 million people, and 32,000 die in accidents, that is one in 10,000. This may seem a bit morbid, but that means if you go to a stadium with 80,000 people – statistically, 8 people will be killed in a roadway accident. In a year.

The number for injuries are obviously much higher: in 2012, there were 2,362,000 people injured in roadway accidents. That is one in every 100 people.

We don’t intend to frighten anyone, but it is good to be cautious and prudent when driving, or just riding with someone else in an automobile, truck, or motorcycle.
– Drinking and driving – an unconditional no-no.
– Texting and Driving – never.
– Driving carelessly or over the speed limit – don’t do it.
– Unsafe tires or other equipment – very, very dangerous.

(2) Negligence
Despite advances in training and technology, there are more and more cases of negligence each year. Business owners are required to use diligence to protect customers for example, but too often people are hurt by failure to safeguard food, screen employees, or follow generally accepted policies and procedures.

(3) Defective Equipment
Companies and individuals will often put off maintenance of equipment to cut costs, and people suffer injuries as a result. Poor lighting, slippery floors, loose shelves, improper wiring are just a few examples of equipment lapses that can lead to injury or death.

The bottom line on personal injury is: Avoid them! But you can’t live your life hiding under your bed, either. So the Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus urges everyone to be vigilant and cautious, using good judgment and knowledge to hopefully avoid injury.

If you are injured, in a traffic accident, due to negligence, or because of faulty equipment you should know that you have rights. The attorneys at Lazarus and Lazarus have earned a sterling reputation for defending their client’s rights, negotiating settlements, and proceeding to court to gain compensation whenever necessary. You can reach Gary and Arleen Lazarus and their dedicated staff by calling 954-356-0006.