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Car Accident Fatalities and Injuries Increased in 2012

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

The daily fight against traffic is something well known to everyone in the San Francisco area. Traffic congestion is so bad that the city recently tied for second place with Los Angeles on a list of the most congested American cities. The listing comes from the Annual Urban Mobility Report which was recently released by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The report provides that San Francisco commuters lose 61 hours annually sitting in traffic. The average American commuter loses 38 hours each year in traffic.

The report follows initial data from the National Safety Council which shows that Americans are spending more time behind the wheel and it is getting increasingly dangerous. The NSC reports that fatalities from traffic accidents have increased 5% over the past year. This is the first increase in traffic fatalities since 2005. There was also a 5% increase in the number of injuries from car accidents that required medical attention. Nearly 3.9 million injuries from traffic accidents were reported in 2012.

There are several possible reasons for the increase in car accidents. Distracted driving continues to be a problem across the country. Advancements in technology have inevitably led to an increase in distractions while behind the wheel. There has also been an increase in big rig fatalities and deaths among motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians involved in traffic accidents.

Although some accidents are unavoidable, many are caused by the recklessness or negligence of another driver. For those injured in one of these accidents, it may be possible to recover damages against the responsible party. An experienced Contra Costa personal injury attorney can assist you in evaluating your situation and recovering the maximum amount of compensation.

Source: SF Bay, "Move over, Los Angeles. San Francisco might soon unseat LA as California's most congested city," Elena Kadvany, Feb. 25, 2013