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Englewood Citizens: January Is National Blood Donor Month

According to The American Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds in the United States. That is a staggering fact, and it will knock your mind for a loop if you think about it hard enough. People across the country receive blood for different reasons, including some folks right here in Englewood.

Common situations that call for blood include:

• Surgery
• Cancer Treatment
• Injuries From Car Crashes/Natural Disasters
• Illnesses Such As Anemia And Kidney Disease
• A Bleeding Issue Like Hemophilia

Why are we telling you this? The answer is because January is none other than National Blood Donor Month. Research says the U.S. is in the midst of a blood shortage. Hence, if you haven't given already, why not hop on McCall Road or another street and head to a nearby donation station? Then again, you could always get online or call first to make an appointment. The choice is yours. 

You'll be able to do your part to nip this blood shortage in the bud. And just think, your donation could even save a life. Please be careful while traveling, though. You certainly don't want to get injuries in a wreck that require blood. That would defeat the purpose. However, it is still a possibility. 

Florida Car Crash Stats

The car crash numbers were down a bit in The Sunshine State in 2020. That was likely because many people were staying home because of COVID-19. Therefore, don't be surprised if the figures increase once the data for 2021/2022 is released from the FLHSMV, but don't get it wrong there were still loads of accidents in Englewood and elsewhere in 2020. In fact, the Florida Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2020 states there were 341,399 across the state that year.

Of course, outcomes varied. For example, 3,098 fatal crashes with 3,332 fatalities occurred. However, our primary focus is on injuries. The report also says that 12,462 incapacitating injury accidents happened, which were responsible for 15,614 non-fatal injuries. Plus, The Sunshine State accounted for 127,705 other injury crashes and 196,818 other injuries. As you can see, there are tons of Florida auto accidents annually. So, keep your head on a swivel and try to remain safely out of harm's way.

That Isn't Always Possible

Even if an Englewood driver does everything right behind the wheel, they might not be able to avoid every incident. That's because they are not the only motorist on the streets. Statista reveals that there were 15,715,373 licensed drivers in Florida in 2020, which is a lot, but one can only assume that number has increased because we are now in 2023. All it would take is for one of them to be negligent in some way for a crash to happen that turns your life upside down.

If the injuries are severe, you probably won't be able to work. Thus, lost wages will enter the picture. Additionally, if you need surgery and blood, it's going to be costly. Obviously, the price will vary, depending on what you need done. However, a blood transfusion can run between $900 and $3,500 per unit. That should give you an idea of how things could get out of control in a hurry.

Have you been injured in an accident with a negligent driver in Englewood? If so, you might have to grounds to seek compensation for your damages, but for the claim to be successful, you'll need to prove the negligence occurred. That can be quite a tall order for a person alone, but not with a stellar legal team in their corner. Contact All Injuries Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney today. And if you're able to avoid issues, consider giving blood this National Blood Donor Month.

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