Californians should be cautious when they travel on the roadways. As Americans gear up for the summer months, there is an increased risk of accident involvement with more people taking to the roadways. The number of injury and fatality accidents have also been increasing, as demonstrated by an August 2015 report from the National Safety Council.
According to the NSC, almost 19,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes during the first six months of 2015, which was a 14 percent increase over the same period in 2014. Around 2.3 million additional people also sustained serious injuries in wrecks during the same time period of 2015, and the associated costs of the accidents correspondingly rose by 24 percent from the first half of 2014 to reach $152 billion.
Experts believe that the numbers are rising because gas prices and unemployment have been falling. People are thus better able to afford to travel, meaning more cars are on the roadways. This correlation between traffic accidents and the economy has been noted for years. Before the crash of the economy in 2008, the highest number of deaths in recent years was in 2007, when 44,000 people died in traffic accidents. The numbers had fallen since that time. Recent data has experts worried about the upward trend in injury accidents.
Car accidents may be caused by many different factors, but one of the most common is a distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent driver. People who are injured in such a crash may face a need for lengthy medical treatment and lose income due to an inability to work. Legal assistance may be advisable when trying to reach a settlement with the at-fault motorist's insurance company.