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For the first time in ten years, road fatalities are on the rise across the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 35,000 people were killed in U.S. car accidents last year. Half of the deaths happened because the driver or passenger was not wearing a safety belt. One-third of the deaths occurred because a driver was drunk. Finally, one out of ten happened because a driver was distracted.
Despite road safety improvements, the number of fatalities in 2015 was 7.2 percent higher than the year before. Federal officials have reported that close to 100 people die in car accidents every day. Losing someone in an accident is never easy and can leave families devastated. Fortunately they may be able to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages from whoever was responsible for the death.
Most groups of travelers saw at least some increase in fatalities from 2014 to 2015 including:
Drunk driving fatalities also increased by 3.2 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Car accidents are caused by a variety of factors, but the NHTSA finds that many of these deaths are preventable. Many of these factors involve driver or passenger negligence. Some examples include:
Road fatalities are also caused by speeding, drowsy driving, and failure to follow traffic laws.
There are numerous reasons for the increase in fatalities from 2014 to 2015 including:
Follow these tips to protect yourself and your loved ones on the roadways:
No matter how safe you drive, fatal accidents can still occur. When they do, you will need an attorney to fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve from those responsible for your tragedy. The Law Office of Hilda L. Sibrian, P.C. can assist you with your personal injury or wrongful death claim today. Call 713-863-1515.