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Some Crucial 2003 Crash Facts

Some Crucial 2003 "Crash-Facts"

  By Dan Baldyga
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  Dan Baldyga has a lifetime of experience in the field of motor vehicle accidents, personal injury and compensation.
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UNINTENTIONAL DEATHS: The leading causes of "Unintentional Deaths" (which were caused by motor vehicle in the United States in the year 2003) were over 44,000. As the clock ticked away the death caused by such a crash took place every 12 minutes! Recently published statistics prove that there was a disabling injury every 14 seconds and 5.4 million persons were injured in over 19 million crashes!

Motor vehicle crashes were the leading reason for deaths to those from the age of 1 to 33. The age groups most affected by motor vehicle crashes were 15 through 24 and then, much later on down that age-pike, from 70 and over.

THE "CRASH-DEMON" ALCOHOL: In 2003 crashes, in which alcohol was the cause, resulted in over 17,000 fatalities, over 500,000 non-fatal injuries and total damages of nearly 54 billion dollars in economic loss. (Statistics reveal that 1 out of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic accident at some time in their lives).

"PROPERTY-DAMAGE-ONLY" CRASHES: These costs came to over a whopping 61 billion dollars in 2003!

DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE OTHER "CRASH-DEMON" SPEED: Recent statistics show that exceeding the legal speed limit (and/or driving too fast for existing conditions) cost over 43 billion dollars. Speed related crashes were associated with over 13,000 fatalities and over 700,000 nonfatal injuries.


PREDICTION #1. "About 284,000 distracted drivers will be in serious crashes in 2003. Almost 30% will be distracted by something outside the vehicle, like for example, adjusting the radio/cassette or CD or another passenger in the vehicle".
THE 2003 RESULTS: They were a bit short because over 300,000 of the so-called "Distracted Driver" serious crashes occurred in 2003!

PREDICTION #2. "A death will occur in a motor-vehicle crash every 12 minutes and a serious injury every 14 seconds".
THE 2003 RESULTS: This 2002 prediction was just about "right-on-the-money!"

PREDICTION #3. "More than 4.8 million people will be rushed to and treated in hospital emergency departments because of a motor vehicle accident".
THE 2003 RESULTS: This prediction was also a bit short because there were over 5 million people treated in hospital emergency departments because of a motor vehicle accident!

SO, YOU ASK: "What's the bottom line to all of the above?"

THE ANSWER TO THAT IS VERY SIMPLE: "Beer, whiskey, wine, gin, gasoline and speed create a deadly mixture that cause an Incredible Loss of billions of dollars, far too many deaths and a terrible destruction to all Americans".

I spent over 30 years of my life investigating, and being involved in, all types of motor vehicle accidents - - automobile, truck, motorcycle, you name it! If it had wheels, was driven by a motor and had an accident, that's what I did. First as an Insurance Adjuster, promoted to Supervisor, then Claims Manager where I spent my last 5 years as a Trial Assistant.

I worked my way through college at a Private Investigation Agency where I was assigned to work on motor vehicle accident claims. Then I was drafted into the U.S. Navy where I investigated serious military motor vehicle accidents in the Mid-West. After several years of that, I was discharged and went to work within the insurance claims industry.

For so many years I was involved in motor vehicle accidents and I know, absolutely and positively: Nothing has changed. Booze and speed was, and continues to be, the Number #1 and #2 "Combined Reasons" for motor vehicle accidents and the incredible financial, physical and mental toll they take on all of us!

To get this point across (even if we've got to be "A pain in the neck" - - as we harp away at them) telling our children, our family and our fiends over and over again "Both the booze and the speed has got to stop"!

We must set and be good examples. We've got to slow down ourselves and we positively must not drink and drive! If we don't than these awful statistics will continue to rise (as they have now, ever-constantly, for over the past 60 years) straight up, into the stratosphere!


DISCLAIMER: The only purpose of this claim tip is to help people understand the motor vehicle accident claim process. Neither Dan Baldyga or Vince Ciulla make any guarantee of any kind whatsoever; NOR do they purport to engage in rendering any professional or legal service; NOR to substitute for a lawyer, an insurance adjuster, or claims consultant, or the like. Where such professional help is desired it is the INDIVIDUAL'S RESPONSIBILITY to obtain said services.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Daniel G. Baldyga All Rights Reserved

Dan Baldyga's fourth and latest book Auto Accident Personal Injury Insuraece Claim: (How To Evaluate And Settle Your Loss) can be found on the Internet at This book reveals "How To" successfully handle your motor vehicle accident claim, so you won't be taken advantage of. It also goes into detail regarding the revolutionary BASE (The Baldyga Auto Accident Settlement Evaluation Formula). BASE explains how to determine the value of the "Pain and Suffering" you endured because of your personal injury.

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