In Alabama, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there have been just under 900 traffic fatalities in each of the last several years. That is approximately 1.3 fatalities for every 100 million miles that have been driven. What those numbers do not reveal is that for every fatality, family members of the victims experience extreme stressors in the form of emotional suffering and, sometimes, to their shock, very high bills.
For instance, the medical costs directly associated with a vehicular death vary depending upon how long the victim is treated after the crash. Someone who dies upon impact may receive medical treatment at the scene in an attempt to resuscitate him or her, but will not be given further life-saving measures if he or she is pronounced dead. On the other hand, some victims linger for days, weeks or longer; for them and their loved ones, the experience can be heart-wrenching. It can also be very expensive.