The odds are stacked fairly high that most people will be involved in a car accident at some point in their driving life. Many are just fender benders or small, single car accidents. However, there are around six million auto accidents each year in the United States that are reported to authorities and close to 50 percent of those are serious enough to lead to the filing of an auto accident claim . The claim may be to cover the costs of repairing damage to the vehicle, but it may also include an injury claim for medical treatment costs. In an average year over three million claims are filed and many become lawsuits.
Here are some lesser known facts about auto accident claims:
Most car accident injuries affect the neck and head. These end up costing as much or more than the price of repairing the car.
A vast majority of injuries from auto accidents are treatable (over 85 percent).
Car claims, many of which become lawsuits, are a major source of personal injury claims in the American judicial system .
Most auto claims come down to a question of negligence. Whichever driver can be proved to have been negligent in following traffic laws and safety considerations usually ends up losing the case. In some cases both drivers can be found to have been at fault.