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Nine Percent Increase in Traffic Fatalities in First Six Months of 2016

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 02, 2016 in Car Accidents

fast ambulanceApproximately 19,100 people died in car accidents in the first six months of the year, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council. This figure represents a nine percent increase compared to the same time period last year and an 18 percent increase compared to the first half of 2014.

Even more alarming is the fact that traffic fatalities were already up eight percent in 2015 compared to 2014, which was at the time, the largest year-over-year spike in traffic deaths in 50 years.

The increases mean that approximately 100 Americans die in car accidents every day. The main reason for the increase is simply that Americans are driving more. The unemployment rate has gone down and the improved economy has lowered gas prices.

Gas prices in the first six months of the year were 16 percent lower than they were in 2015, contributing to a 3.3 percent increase in the number of miles Americans logged behind the wheel.

Tips to Prevent Labor Day Weekend Car Accidents

Due to the continued increase in traffic fatalities, the NSC is estimating 438 people will die in Labor Day Weekend car accidents, which is the organization’s highest estimate since 2008. That is why the NSC released safety tips to help prevent these tragic accidents:

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not drive while fatigued or drowsy.
  • Focus on the road and avoid distractions like smartphones.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Review safety systems in your vehicle and learn how to use them.

If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at D'Amico, Griffin & Pettinicchi to review your legal options. You may be able to recover compensation for the damages you have suffered.

Call us today at (866) 848-7077 to review your claim.