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Car accident statistics significant rise from 2015

Drivers in Southern California should pay attention to the statistics of motor vehicle accidents to understand their cause and effect and to do whatever is possible to avoid them. Researchers check the numbers regularly to determine how these crashes happen. A recent report from the National Safety Council says that approximately 18,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. for the first half of 2017. There were an estimated 2.1 million who suffered serious injuries. This is a reduction of 1 percent from the same juncture in 2016, but it is 8 percent higher than the first half of the year in 2015.

According to the numbers, fatalities hit an apex in 2016 at a historic rate. Thus far, it cannot be determined if the reduction is a suggestion of the accidents continuing their decline. It is notable that there tend to be more accidents and fatalities from July to December. The NSC says that injuries and fatalities have cost around $191 billion in 2017.

The president of the NSC says that complacency is an issue and there need to be technological advancements, greater engagement on the part of drivers, and infrastructure investment. There was a historic low for road fatalities in 2011, but since then the numbers have risen in a similarly historic fashion. It is believed that a stronger economy and a reduction in gas prices, more miles driven, and a greater number of people who choose to drive while distracted. Another report from the National Transportation Safety Board said that in the decade from 2005 to 2014, speeding was as big an issue for road fatalities as drunk driving.

These numbers are concerning for anyone who takes the road. Some accidents cannot be avoided, but when they happen because a driver was speeding, was a distracted driver, was under the influence or was driving recklessly, it is important to understand this when seeking compensation in a legal filing. The accident investigation is paramount to garner evidence for the case. With injuries, there can be a long hospital stay, lost time at work and more. Medical costs can be massive. With fatalities, those who are left behind will need to get beyond it in every aspect of their lives. A legal filing can help. Speaking to an attorney who is experienced in car accidents is essential.

Source: thehill.com, "Traffic deaths down slightly, but still historically high," Melanie Zanona, Aug. 16, 2017

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