Report: 40,000 traffic fatalties in U.S. for third straight year

Despite a growing focus on traffic safety, it appears that the high rate of vehicle accident deaths did not improve last year. Recent figures show a continuing trend related to fatal accidents that is affecting drivers across Georgia.

According to a recent study by the National Safety Council, the United States topped 40,000 vehicle accident deaths for the third year in a row in 2018. This review of traffic data reflects that 2018 had more than 14 percent more traffic-related deaths than in 2014. If there is a silver lining, it is the fact that fatalities declined 1 percent from 2017. However, that is a small drop considering the total number of fatalities was still above 40,000.

The statistics regarding accidents involving serious injuries aren't any better. More than 4.5 million Americans were seriously injured in traffic accidents last year, which is actually a small increase from the year before. While it is impossible to point to a specific cause, many experts highlight the fact that there are simply more cars on the road now than the previous decade. Additionally, the in-car infotainment options that come standard with modern vehicles far surpass what was available a decade ago. These distractions are often pointed to as a major cause of collisions.

The reality for many drivers is that accidents still happen. If a driver is injured in a vehicle accident by negligent driver, they may have a claim for damages. These damages could include medical bills, lost wages, property repair bills, and pain and suffering. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help that driver collect on the damages caused in the accident through negotiating with their insurance company or filing a lawsuit.

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