Do you know someone who has passed away in a traffic accident? If so, you’re not alone- traffic accidents claim the lives of thousands of people every single year in the U.S. Many of these traffic fatalities are preventable, but they take a huge toll on the family members and friends of those killed. In general, cars have gotten safer and lawmawkers have passed plenty of legislation designed to curb fatal car accidents, but the problems continue with fatalities.
Traffic deaths have declined slightly with regard to the difference between 2017 and 2016, but we are still above the low record in 2011. Research from the National Safety Council estimated that 18,680 individuals suffered fatal injuries and crashes from January to June of 2017. Furthermore, more than 2 million individuals were seriously injured. More than 100 fatalities occur every single day and this is estimated to cost approximately $191 billion in injuries and deaths.
The report from the Council comes several weeks after a report by the same agency that concluded that speeding contributes to just as many vehicle crashes as drunken driving. NTSB chairman, Robert L. Sumwalt, argues that speed kills and that it is impossible to tackle the growing epidemic of fatalities on the roadways without looking at speeding. The agency believes that it’ll be focused on preventing speeding-related crashes in the future as many people have become complacent about the serious costs associated with speeding accidents, whether it is injuries or fatalities. If you have already been involved in an accident as a result of another driver not paying attention or speeding on the road, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a San Diego personal injury attorney.