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A car accident can change your life forever

Life can change in an instant, never to be the same again. You think about things completely different after being in a car accident. For example, pre-accident people think of car insurance in terms of repairing their vehicle. After an accident, you are probably going to be more focused on repairing yourself.

And even if you're the sort of person who never imagined suing anyone, you might find that a lawsuit is the only way to make things right financially after your life was upended in an accident that should never have happened. Enjuris is here for those times. Check out the information and guides below, and if you're thinking about hiring a lawyer you can start safely with our attorney members.


Personal Injury Timeline (P.I.T.)

Car accident statistics

Auto accident data

  • Reported car crashes: 6,296,000
  • Fatalities: 35,092
  • Alcohol-related crash fatalities: 9,306
  • People injured: 2,443,000
  • Speeding-related fatalities: 9,557 (27%)
  • Pedestrians injured: 70,000

Per day

  • People died in a car crash: 96
  • Alcohol impaired crash deaths: 28
  • People injured: 6,693
  • Pedestrians injured: 192
Sources: NHTSA, IIHSHLDI, Texas Dept. of Public Safety, TTI

Distracted driving stats

  • Drivers talking on phone at any moment: 7%
  • Drivers doing something on phone right now: 10%
  • No. 1 cause of teen drivers’ deaths: distracted driving
  • Car crashes caused by distracted driving: nearly 1 in 4

On average, people who hired a lawyer received 4 to 5 times more compensation than those who didn’t. What’s more, you’re more likely to receive a payout when represented by an attorney.

Average insurance payout for car accident victims
Type of injury Average settlement WITHOUT a lawyer
(1999)
Average settlement WITHOUT a lawyer
(adjusted for inflation 1999-2022)
Average settlement WITH a lawyer Average payout
INCREASED by
Broken bones $19,105 $32,241 $66,486 $34,245
Average injury $3,262 $5,504 $20,148 $14,644
Neck sprain $2,480 $4,185 $13,362 $9,177
Minor cuts and bruises $1,166 $1,968 $8,052 $6,084

Note: Adjusted for inflation 1999-2022 (23 years, cumulative price change = 68.76%)

On average, the insurance payout for car crash victims with an attorney doubled or tripled, compared to those who settled without an attorney.
(Sources: The Insurance Research Council's study, 1999)




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Personal injury guides

Legal concepts in a car accident case

Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
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Car accident attorneys

How to find the right car accident attorney for you

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Exploring women's injury issues

Exploring Women's Injury Issues

Posted by Locke & Quinn on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Attorney Colleen M. Quinn and paralegal Katie Obermiller of Locke & Quinn discuss injuries unique to women. The show includes a special interview with Jennifer Kain Kilgore, attorney editor of Enjuris, about her severe injuries through two car accidents and in particular how the injuries and the legal process impacted her as a woman.

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Resources for emotional recovery after an accident

How to Find the Right Car Accident Attorney for You

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Read our complete guide to finding the right injury attorney for your case. Read insights from Enjuris attorneys and lawyers across the USA on when and why you need to hire a car accident attorney. Learn more

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