The first six months of 2015 mark the first time in eight years that there has been a surge in fatal traffic accidents in the U.S., the National Safety Council (NSC) has recently reported. In fact, according to initial data:
From January to June in 2014, there were about 16,400 deadly traffic accidents in the U.S.
- Over this same time frame in 2015, there have been about 18,630 fatal traffic accidents on America’s roads.
- Since 2007, there had been a steady decline in the rates of deadly traffic accidents in the nation.
Unfortunately, the bad news from the NSC doesn’t end there. Also according to their findings:
- There has been an increase in the injury rate, with about 30 percent more “medically-consulted motor vehicle injuries” occurring in the first six months of 2015 (than in 2014).
- The costs resulting from these accidents in 2015 have increased about 24 percent from what they were last year.
Jobs & Gas Prices Have Caused These Trends, Some Speculate
Although the data for 2015 traffic accidents is still being compiled and analyzed, some have started to make educated guesses as to why there has been such a dramatic shift in these trends this year, when compared to the data from the last eight years.
Two significant factors have largely contributed to the 2015 trends, some speculate, as they contend that lower unemployment rates coupled with dropped gas prices have led to more motorists on the road. More motorists, they say, means more potential for driver negligence, which is a prominent contributing factor to all types of motor vehicle accidents.
What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming a Statistic
“Be a defensive driver and make safe decisions behind the wheel. Your life really depends on it,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC, in regards to what drivers should take away from the NSC’s findings.
To this end, here are some basic and fundamental defensive driving tips to practice in order to protect yourself and your passengers on the road:
- Always follow traffic laws and buckle up when hitting the road.
- Never drive if you are drunk, exhausted or not prepared to focus on the task of driving
- Never expect other motorists to look out for you, yield or follow traffic laws.
- Report motorists who may be impaired to the authorities.
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Have you been injured in a traffic accident? Or have you lost a loved one in a fatal traffic crash? If so, a Denver car accident attorney at the Klibaner Law Firm is here for you, ready to aggressively advocate your rights to help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.
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