Car Accidents Create Injuries to your Passengers and your Wallet

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You’ve just had a collision on your morning commute. Annoyed and shaken up, your first thought is the safety of your passengers. The second: your checkbook.

Car accidents not only affect your morning mood, but can also take quite a toll on your wallet and your overall quality of life.

According to a study recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the cost of car accidents is $900 dollars per person living in the U.S., totaling $277 billion dollars.  This large figure calculates the cost of productivity loss, property damage, medical care, etc.

$900 could pay July’s rent or register your child for daycare; the last thing you want to spend money on is a car accident that could have likely been prevented had the other driver paid more attention to his or her surroundings. Most importantly, you do not want to pay the high price that accompanies minor and major personal injuries.

According to the NHTSA’s study, 3.9 million people were injured during car accidents in 2010, around 33,000 of them fatal. These costly car crashes are due largely in part to speeding, alcohol, and distraction.

At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS, we see the financial and medical repercussions of car accidents caused by speeding, alcohol, and distraction far too frequently. Take the time and speak with your family about the effects and causes of car accidents.

If you have any questions about car accidents and the effects they have, especially injuries, contact an attorney today.
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About Shari McMenamin

Shari McMenamin has practiced law for almost thirty years. She is admitted in the State Courts of Washington and Federal District Court. She is a member of the Clallam County Bar Association and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Prior to McMenamin & McMenamin, PS she spent three years as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. She gained valuable experience which she brings to her private practice. Shari McMenamin's Google+ Profile

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