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NHTSA Concerned Over Increase in Traffic Deaths

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

California residents may be interested to know that traffic deaths around the country were 9.3 percent higher in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same time period in 2014. This is according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The increase translates to over 26,000 deaths in the first three-quarters of 2015 as opposed to 23,796 in the same time frame in 2014, and the numbers go against the trend that has seen traffic deaths declining 22 percent between 2000 and 2014.

The Northwest and Southeast saw the largest increases with a 20 percent increase in the Northwest and 16 percent in the Southeast. Traffic deaths increased by 2 percent in the mid-Atlantic and South Central states. In an attempt to reverse the increase in traffic deaths, the NHTSA is holding a number of summits aimed at curbing unsafe choices drivers may make that lead to fatalities. The group says that 94 percent of crashes are caused by human factors.

Two issues that the NHTSA would like to get a handle on are drunk driving and failure of drivers and others to wear their seat belts. The goal is to create new initiatives that will lead to changes in traffic safety, which could ultimately keep drivers and passengers safe in their cars and pedestrians out of harm's way.

Texting and driving, driving while under the influence and other forms of negligence on the part of motorists are unfortunately the cause of far too many accidents each year. A person who has been seriously injured in such an accident may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see ow best to seek compensation for medical expenses and other losses.