A recent analysis of United States crash data has revealed that individuals who use wheelchairs are more likely to die in a car accident than other pedestrians by as much as 36 percent, according to a Fox News report. Furthermore, the risk of death for male wheelchair users was five times higher when compared their female counterparts. Unfortunately, the data – which was used from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) failed to reveal the reasons why individuals in wheelchairs are more vulnerable than other pedestrians.
If someone you know has been tragically injured or killed as a result of a car accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another, contact an aggressive and compassionate car accident lawyer in Nassau County.
BMJ Open, an online-only open access medical journal dedicated to all disciplines and therapeutic areas of medicine, published the study compiling data from both the NHTSA as well as news stories reporting fatalities due to car accidents. And while it is unclear as to why wheelchair users seem to be at a greater risk of death when involved in a car accident, the findings came to this conclusion by looking at six years of data (from 2006 through 2012) and demonstrated the following:
It is unknown what type of wheelchairs were involved in these car accidents from the BMJ Open study and the number of fatalities involving these assistive devices may be underreported.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another – or someone you know has been tragically killed in the same type of car accident – contact compassionate and knowledgeable Nassau County car accident lawyer today for an initial consultation. Don’t delay, make your appointment today by contacting 516-441-0282.
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