Keep in mind that your insurance company is handling your case against other insurance companies and that they will have to deal with opposite case. Of 3 000 victims’s cases, only 1 in 10 end up in a court of law when 9 over 10 end up with a reparation that represent half of what could have been obtained.
(Source : Mme Neher-Schaub, adviser to the 17ème chambre de la Cour d'Appel).

That is why insurance companies do prefer and always seek package deal. It’s therefore absolutely mandatory to ask for the support of a professional who will be able to handle such case and engage in a legal process when necessary.

Mortality has fallen 8.2% in 2008 on french roads, 4 443 persons having lost their life. After 7 consecutives years of drop, this number as been cut in half since 2002 (-44.3%) ; 76 767 physical accidents, a fall of 8.4%.

Driving under influence is the primary cause of mortality behind the wheel.

No progress has been made in 2008, when 1 200 peoples could have seen their life preserved without alcool use. 

France has improved its ranking in Europe in regards to the “ death by millions ” indicator making it 8th over 27 in 2007.

The WHO has created a list of deaseases or trauma inducing loss of years as as compensation of incapacity (AVCI). 

AVCI allows for measurement of health failure.

   1990    2020

Disease  or trauma    Disease or trauma
 1  Respiratory infections  1  Ischemic cardiopathy
 2  Diarrhoeal diseases  2  Major unipolar depression
 3  Perinatal patologies  3  Trauma from traffic accidents
 4  Major unipolar depression  4  Cerebrovascular diseases
 5  Ischemic cardiopathy  5  Pneumopathy
 6  Cardiovascular disease  6  Respiratory infections
 7  Tubercolosis  7  Tubercolosis
 8  Measle  8  War
 9  Trauma from traffic accidents  9  Diarrhoeal diseases
 10  Congenital disorder  10  HIV

Source : Murray CJL, Lopez AD, eds. The global burden of disease : a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries and risks factors in 1990 and projected to 2020. Boston, Harvard University Press, 1996

This document, published during the international health day show that this importance of traffic accident is going to increase in 2020. Traffic accident will represent the third major cause of life with disability in 2020.

The WHO estimates, that in 2020, that 1.28 millions have been killed and 50 millions harmed during road accidents. As of today, traffic accidents represents the 11th cause for of death in the world, that is 2.% of acknowledge deaths. Also, numbers differs from one country to another poor countries suffering from 90% of the total amount of deaths.

These terrible numbers will increase 65% in the next 20 years if no new prevention policy is set in place. The number of deaths will probably decrease 30% in rich countries when it will increase by 80% in poor countries. A real prevention policy should include school programs with delivery of award.

In rich countries most victims are car drivers, contrary to poor countries where victims are mostly vulnerable persons (pedestrians, cyclist, etc...). For example, in India 40% traffic accident deaths are pedestrians.

World health report regarding trauma prevention linked to traffic accident. A summary is available online : Monde – ONISR – Février 2008

For the last 10 years, no progress have been made about alcohol. It’s the primary cause of accident before speed, that wasn’t the case previously. For example, here is a list of accident’s causes :

Alcohol 25% - Speed 20% - Seat belt 9% - Phone 7,5% - Exhaustion 2,8% - Cannabis 2,5%

Addition of cause is an aggravating factor

Sources 2008 Ministère de l'Intérieur

Main activities in France - Year 2008

Employees : 18 508 530

Accidents with absence : 703 976

Accidents with disability (deaths not included) : 44 037

Deaths : 569

Working days loss : 37 422 365

Sources : Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés
Direction des Risques Professionnels - Mission Statistiques août 2009

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