U.S. Traffic Fatalities Up 9% in the First Half of the Year

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CNNMoney reported that the National Safety Council (NSC) found that the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2016 was 9% higher than it was in the first half of 2015. The NSC reported that 19,100 people were killed from January 2016 to June 2016 — compared to 17,350 in the same six months last year — and 2.2 million were seriously injured. This year’s numbers were also higher than they were the same time two years ago, when there were 16,251 fatalities on the road.

While the agency cites increased speed limits on rural roads and state governments not implementing helmet laws for bicyclists and motorcycle riders, another factor it cites for the rise in traffic deaths is — surprisingly — the improving economy, namely lower gas prices. More people are taking advantage of the prices at the pump, resulting in 3.3% more miles being driven between January and May of this year. With more vehicles on the road, it increases the likelihood of an accident occurring.

To avoid becoming a statistic, the NSC urges drivers to turn off and put away their mobile devices before driving, wear a seat belt, and get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel. Parents should stay involved in their teenager’s driving habits — as teens are three times more likely to get into an accident — and motorists should learn how to use the safety features on their vehicles, such as the rearview camera, cruise control and blind spot warning systems.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact an attorney experienced in handling these matters. Get the experienced personal injury attorneys of Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC on your side so you and your family are able to receive compensation the law provides. Contact (718) 238-2400 for a consultation today.

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