In a tragedy that resonated around the nation, longtime “60 Minutes” CBS correspondent Bob Simon, 73, was killed in a car accident in New York this week. Simon was famous for covering a wide variety of news including riots, wars and Academy Award-winning movies. Simon began his career in Vietnam and has visited battlefields around the world since then.
Reports say that the Town Car in which Simon was riding hit another car at a Manhattan traffic light then slammed into a metal barrier. Both Simon and the driver were taken to a hospital where Simon was pronounced dead. The driver was treated for injuries to his limbs, while the driver of the other car was uninjured. An investigation into the accident continues but no arrests have been made.
During his career, Simon won many awards including the Peabody and 27 Emmy awards as well as the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
Car Accident Facts
The irony of a man surviving every major battlefield in the world since the 1960s, then dying in a car accident, was not lost on the public. Accidents such as these point out how dangerous car accidents really are and how frequently they impact the lives of innocent victims.
According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 people died in the United States in car crashes in 2012. This is an average of 92 people per day or approximately one person every 15 minutes. Additionally, 2,362,000 people suffered injuries in car crashes, an average of 6,471 people per day or about 4 people per minute.
These incredible numbers underline the fact that, although heart disease and other illnesses are still the leading cause of death in the United States, the danger of car crashes is very real.
What To Do If You Are Injured
If you are injured in a car accident, it is very important to understand your rights and what you can do to protect yourself. Insurance companies and others pay out millions of dollars in car insurance claims each year, so they are anxious to limit their exposure if possible. Therefore, do not expect an insurance company to offer you a fair settlement for your case.
Instead, turn to a personal injury attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you with your accident case.