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Research looks at various aspects of fatal car crashes

It is an unavoidable reality that car accidents will happen in New Jersey, and a number of these will result in a fatality. Attempting to reduce these accidents, studies are often conducted to examine crashes and their causes. One study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that the number of people who die in a late-model vehicles has risen slightly. This is attributed to the stronger economy, a factor that leads to more people driving and the chance that reckless drivers will be on the road. In addition, the IIHS believes that the number of fatalities might reduce in the coming years as the economy recedes.

This research indicates that the number of deaths for the 2014 model year was 30 for every million registered vehicle years. For 2011, the number was 28 for every million. There is a disparity between the types of vehicles and models and the death rate. The previous calculation from IIHS found that the number of deaths had lowered by one-third over three years. It is believed that this is due to improved safety technology and designs in the vehicles. However, the number of deaths from 2012 to 2015 still rose. The increase was around 7 percent in 2015. Initial data shows that the number increased for 2016 as well.

The link between the economy and driving habits is generally accepted as fact. More people with jobs means more people on the road. This is due to commuting and what is known as "discretionary driving" to activities that are not connected to work. In addition, people drive at greater speeds when the economy is in better shape. Smaller vehicles are also more prone to having a fatality when there is a crash. Out of the top 10 models with the highest rate of fatalities, five were classified as "mini" cars and three as "small" cars. The lowest death rates were in SUVs and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

These statistics might not seem to be relevant to a person who has just suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash, but any information is important when considering a legal filing. The litany of issues a family left behind can face include problems making ends meet, loss of companionship and more. Litigation is often the only method of receiving fair compensation after a wrongful death. Those who are seeking to be compensated after a fatal accident should make certain to discuss their case with an attorney experienced in helping clients after fatal accidents.

Source: jdpower.com, "IIHS Study Shows Driver Death Rates Increasing as Economy Improves," Joseph Dobrian, May 25, 2017

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