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Traffic deaths continue to rise for second year in a row

Traffic collisions are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the United States. To combat this trend, the federal government, state governments, non-profit organizations, and auto manufacturers spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on education campaigns and safety technology to reduce the number of accidents. Unfortunately, despite this massive investment deaths have risen for two years in a row, to a new ten-year high. This post will go over the study and what it means for the future of automobile safety.

A new study estimates that 40,200 people died in car accidents in 2016, which is a six percent jump from 2015. Additionally, the rise follows the seven percent increase in traffic fatalities marked in 2015. The means there was an unprecedented 13 percent increase in traffic fatalities in a two-year period. 2016, is the first year since 2007 in which traffic fatalities rose above 40,000.

Researchers blame the proliferation of smartphones and smart-technology because it is increasing the rate of distracted driving. But, more argue that the same culprits are responsible, failure to wear seatbelts, drunk driving, and speeding. These scientists argue that until states take these three issues seriously, traffic fatalities will not reduce any further, and may, in fact, increase as enforcement becomes lax.

If you or a loved one was involved in a fatal car accident, then you may want to contact an attorney for assistance ? you could have a valid claim for personal injury or wrongful death. The last thing you are probably thinking about is whether you should hire a lawyer. But it is critical that you move quickly. Most personal injury claims are subject to deadline called "statutes of limitation" which bar you from seeking recovery if you take too long to file a lawsuit. A lawyer can help you avoid the deadline by investigating your case and drafting legal arguments so that you can focus on your recovery and your family.

Source: The New York Times, "U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight," Neal E. Boudette, February 15, 2017

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