Although our cars are safer than ever, in 2016 there was an increase in traffic deaths of 5.6%, totaling 37,461 people. In 2016 alone, more pedestrians were killed and fatally injured than any other year in the past 25 years. Traffic related deaths in general in 2016 are the highest since 2007, according to the National Safety Council estimates.
According to research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2016, there was a 9% rise in the total pedestrians killed in car accidents.That’s the highest rise we’ve seen since the year 1990. Interestingly enough, the rate of total traffic deaths is rising faster than total miles driven.
According to the same study, DUI accidents have increased by as much as 1.7%. Bike accidents rose by about 1.3%. The study found that the top cause of accidents is either: 1) the driver or passenger making a mistake in judgment, 2) passengers not wearing a seat belt, 3) speeding.
With lower gas prices and cars that have higher gas mileage, drivers are spending more and more time on the road. With people driving more, the incidence of drivers speeding and/or texting while driving is also increasing, and it’s proving deadly for drivers on the streets of America.
Traffic fatalities are not only costing individual human life, but they also have a cost to society as a whole. According to the NSC, in 2016 there was $432 billion in costs from motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage. This is an increase of 12% from 2015.
We all need to drive in order to run our lives, but when you do, make sure to be safe on the road and be mindful of other drivers when making your way through the streets. Often times, accidents can be avoided when we are paying full attention to the road.
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If you have been involved in a car accident and need help with your claim, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Michael A. Rabban at 818-272-8882.