From cars, trucks and motorcycles to trains and even planes we are always on the go. And every year each of these transportation methods have inherent dangers that result in countless accidents.
Every year, there are approximately 50,000 automobile and motorcycle accidents resulting in a significant injury to one or more passengers in the state of Virginia alone. That’s about 137 a day. Thanks to increased efforts by auto manufacturers to improve the safety standards of most new vehicles, the survival rate of these accidents has improved dramatically, with an average of less than 1000 road and highway car accident fatalities occurring in Virginia per year. However, the many thousands of injured who survive automobile and motorcycle accidents often face difficulties when it is time to collect a settlement from insurance companies for the injuries they incurred in the accident.
It can be stated with certainty that the advent of air travel has made the world a significantly smaller place. Thanks to the airplane, it is now possible to get to almost anywhere on the globe in under a day. In the century that has elapsed since the Wright Brothers first took off in North Carolina, air travel has become an enormous business, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year. Advances in plane design and radar systems have made air travel significantly safer than it was in the early days. And with major airliners, freight and shipping services, helicopters, commuter flights and private planes, the skies have become increasingly crowded.
When many Americans think of trains and railroads, many presume there has been a decline in their need and use in recent times. In today’s fast lane world of jets and cars, traveling on a train has become something of a novelty. But in fact, while passenger travel on trains has indeed decreased dramatically in America since the advent of national highways and commercial airline travel after World War II, trains are used more than ever as a high-volume, low-cost way to ship freight and cargo across the country. Because rail lines are built to weave through towns and cities and often cut across major roads and intersections in populated areas, they continue to pose a threat to pedestrians and other people using other forms of transportation. Despite notable efforts to curb railroad and train accidents through improved equipment and higher standards for railway personnel, it is estimated that train accidents still occur at a rate of one every 90 minutes in America. As urban areas continue to build and expand on commuter subway systems, the potential for high speed train wrecks is actually growing.
Tractor-trailer and other truck accidents are a significant source of brain and spinal cord injuries, since these very large vehicles (up to 80,000 lbs.) nearly always overpower the smaller cars, SUVs, motorcycles, etc. on the road in any collision. Drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles are vulnerable to severe injuries from trailer-truck mishaps.
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