March 13, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Statistics show traffic fatalities rising in the US
Article provided by Schuster Jachetti LLP
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Every year since 2005, the number of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents has declined -- until 2012. According to data released by the National Safety Council, a non-profit organization, more people were killed in auto accidents in 2012 than the year prior.
The NSC reported that approximately 36,200 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012, representing a 5 percent increase from the year before. The NSC data also shows an increase in the number of personal injuries sustained in auto accidents that led to medical treatment. In total, there were approximately 3.9 million such injuries in 2012, an increase of 5 percent from 2011.
The NSC tabulates fatalities based on those that occur within one year of the accident. The NSC's method varies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also gathers data on traffic fatalities. The NHTSA considers a fatality to be related to a motor vehicle accident if it occurs within 30 days of the collision.
Why are motor vehicle fatalities increasing across the country?
According to the vice president of the NSC, the factor that likely contributed the most to the rise in traffic fatalities in 2012 was the mild winter experienced by much of the country. Contrary to popular belief, terrible weather does not necessarily lead to a rise in motor vehicle accidents -- as many people often choose to avoid driving when the weather is bad.
In addition, the number of miles driven by people across the country has been increasing since December 2011. The likelihood of auto accidents increases as the number of people on the road rises. The rise in the number of miles driven is primarily attributed to the improving economy, as more people have gone back to work.
Distracted driving is also blamed for the increase in traffic fatalities. In 2011 alone, over 3,330 people died in collisions caused by a distracted driver -- an increase of almost 65 fatalities from the year prior.
Avoid serious motor vehicle accidents in Delaware
In 2011, there were over 20,870 motor vehicle accidents in Delaware, according to the Delaware State Police. Those collisions resulted in over 100 fatalities and over 7,690 personal injuries.
According to the NSC report, Delaware saw a large increase in motor vehicle fatalities in 2012. In addition, the report noted that motorcyclist fatalities were seen in many states in the Northeast during the winter -- an unusual phenomenon, considering winter weather typically does not encourage travel by motorcycle.
If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with a skilled personal injury attorney will ensure your rights are protected.---
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