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Car accident fatalities continue to rise

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Car collisions are one of the most prolific causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the United States. To improve safety, the federal and state governments and non-profit organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year warning people of the dangers of drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts and speeding. Sadly, these efforts seem to be in vain as the rate of traffic fatalities has increased for the second year in a row.

Keep in mind that a two-year blip doesn’t end 50 years of improved traffic safety practices and technology, however, it does illustrate that continued work is required. Estimates believe that 40,200 people died in traffic accidents in 2016, a six percent jump from 2015 which is also the first time that traffic fatalities exceed 40,000 since 2007. Moreover, the 2016 increase come after a seven percent rise in 2015.

Some researchers argue that the increase of smartphones, connected cars, and other smart devices increased the number of fatalities due to increased rates of distracted driving. But, most other scientists argue that speeding, drinking, and failure to wear seatbelts explains the cause. Many states do not require seatbelts for backseat passengers. Furthermore, many states still do not allow officers to pull people over for seatbelt violations, it is a secondary offense, meaning the officer must stop a car for a different reason then they can cite the seatbelt violation.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, then you may want to speak to an attorney. Car collisions are caused by a variety of reasons, but the unifying factors are that the other driver was negligent. Regardless of who or how you probably have medical expenses that need to be covered. An attorney can help you get the money you need to rebuild your life.

Source: The New York Times, “U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight,” Neal E. Boudette, February 15, 2017

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