• Cleveland Car Accident Attorney: Why Car Accident Fatalities are on the Rise

    Posted on January 1st, 2020 admin No comments

    As any car accident attorney in Cleveland will tell you, it’s not your imagination: car accidents are on the rise. It’s a phenomenon that’s happening in spite of public information campaigns to prevent drunk driving and encourage seat belt use, improvements in car safety technology, and improvements in highway safety.

     

    But the statistics do not lie. In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles, a six-percent rise from the year before. It’s the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year.

     

    It’s a continuing trend. The 2016 total comes after a 7 percent rise in 2015 and means the two-year increase (14 percent) is the largest in more than half a century.

    Is Smarter But Deadlier Technology to Blame?

    Not only are people driving more, but deaths are increasing as a percentage of miles. Many experts blame distracted driving caused by smart phone technology.

     

    “It’s not just talking on the phone that’s a problem today,” Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told the New York Times. “You now have all these other apps that people can use on their phones.”

    Speed Kills

    And increased speed means fatalities are higher as a result.

     

    “Total crashes were up less than 5 percent, but fatalities were up 25 percent,” David Brown, a research associate at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, notes in an interview with The Balance. “I think speeding is the No. 1 problem. There are times of the day when we only have one or two troopers on duty in a county so that you can speed, and there is no one there to deter it.”

     

    The increase in car accident fatalities are tragic but preventable. If you have been the victim of a serious car accident, call Linton Law Firm for a free consultation with a Cleveland car accident lawyer.

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