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More than one million days in the hospital. More than $18 billion in medical costs. More than $33 billion in lost work. Those are just some of the stunning numbers to come from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a recent report on motor vehicle accidents.

Think about it: every year, Americans spend more than a million days in hospitals because of their car crash injuries (in 2012, more than 2.5 million Americans were taken to hospital emergency rooms for accident injuries). And we spend more than three-quarters of that $18 billion on lifetime medical costs in the first 18 months following the accident injury.

Every time one of us is taken to an emergency department following a crash, the average cost is about $3,300. Each accident-related hospitalization results in a tab over that person’s lifetime that goes to about $57,000 on average.

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Car crashes are invariably violent events. Metal crushes metal, snaps plastic and shatters glass. Unfortunately, in many car accidents, much more fragile and valuable things get harmed as well: human beings.

The Hawkins Law Firm is dedicated to being legal advocates for people injured in Tulsa car accidents. We represent clients injured in collisions caused by distracted driving, drunken drivers, speeding, recklessness, people driving too fast for conditions, and a wide variety of other factors.

After a car accident, an injured person has a number of immediate concerns. Hospitalization, surgeries, pain and uncertainties about their health are all near the top of the list. And if their injuries prevent them from working and earning paychecks, that adds to the list of their worries.

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The minivan was moving at precisely 36 mph and the Chevy Impala was going exactly 17 mph as it headed purposefully for the van’s driver’s side. A parking lot collision was inevitable. A nearby crowd of people stood and watched as the Impala crashed into the van, crushing the front side of the white vehicle. “Nice job,” one of the onlookers said.

This wasn’t a case of someone taking pleasure in the misery of others. This was a motor vehicle accident staged by the University of Tulsa Crash Reconstruction Research Consortium team to help reconstructionists understand the physical dynamics of “an angled-approach collision with secondary impact.”

There were no occupants in the vehicles. No one was injured. No one’s insurance company will be getting a call. The staged crash in Morton, Illinois, was part of an annual conference of accident investigators. This particular type of crash often happens in intersections and parking lots, but can also happen when someone backs a vehicle out of a driveway.