National Personal Injury Statistics

Personal injury cases are filled in the United States all the time. For these types of cases to be heard in court, and injury has to have been sustained by a person or damage must have occurred to a property due to wrongful or negligent actions by a third party. Knowing the statistics surrounding personal injury helps people understand the types of incidents that commonly take place and the consequences that result from negligence.

Statistics of National Personal Injuries

texas personal injuryThousands of accidental injuries and deaths happen each year in the United States, making liability often a disputed case. When these things happen, personal injury cases or other litigation may become necessary. Below are statistics on just how often personal injuries occur each year.

  • 31 million people are injured across our country each year and require medical treatment
  • Out of those 31 million people, 2 million are injured severely enough to require some form of hospitalization
    162,000 of those injuries are fatal
  • Of the 5.5 million car accidents that occur in the country each year, 3 million of them cause injuries and 40,000 of them are fatal
  • Truck accidents cause 60,000 injuries and 5,000 deaths each year
  • Construction accidents cause 300,000 personal injuries per year and 1,000 deaths
  • Medical malpractice is responsible for 98,000 deaths each year

Statistics of Nation Personal Injury Cases

The U.S. Department of Justice found the most common nature of personal injury accidents:

  • 52% was a result of motor vehicle accidents
  • 15% was in relation to medical malpractice
  • 5% was as a result of product liability
  • The remaining 28% covered “other” cases

The U.S. Department of Justice also found how often plaintiffs of these cases were successful:

  • In motor vehicle related incidents, plaintiffs were successful 61% of the time
  • In intentional tort trials, plaintiffs were successful 50% of the time
  • In premises liability trials, the success rate for plaintiffs stands at 39%
  • In product liability trials, plaintiffs were successful in 38% of cases
  • Just 19% of plaintiffs were successful in medical malpractice trials

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