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Traffic deaths continue to rise for second straight year

Car accidents remain a substantial cause of most injuries and fatalities in the United States. Luckily, car collision rates have trended down for the past half century or so. But, a recent uptick has safety experts, and government officials worried. The two-year spike is unprecedented, and researchers are scrambling to identify the factors behind the rise.


The rise in deaths is occurring despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on public relations campaigns, education campaigns regarding the danger of drunken driving, safety belts, and texting. Furthermore, car manufacturers have spent millions, possibly billions, improving and advancing car safety technology. But these advances are only good if they are utilized.

The estimates are from the National Safety Council, a non-profit organization that works closely with government regulators. The Council estimates that 2016 saw 40,200 additional fatalities, a six percent increase in deaths from 2015. Additionally, 2015 saw a seven percent increase. That means, in two years, an unprecedented 13 percent rise in fatalities in two years. Furthermore, 2016 will see the first time that traffic fatalities are over 40,000 since 2007.

Some argue that the cause could be linked to an increase in distracted driving, due to the rise of smartphones and other smart devices. But, most are convinced that it is related to the three primary causes of accidents, drinking, speeding, and failure to use safety belts.

Did you suffer an injury in a car accident? If you did, then you may want to call a lawyer ? you could have an actionable claim for personal injury. You will need the assistance of an attorney if your injuries are extensive and require substantial medical expenses. If your injuries are too extensive, the other driver?s insurance may not have sufficient coverage to cover your injuries. In these situations, you will need the assistance of an attorney to go over your options.

Source: The New York Times, "Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year," Neal E. Boudette, February 15, 2017

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