A Spike in Traffic Deaths

A Spike in Traffic Deaths

After years of declines in the number of traffic fatalities in the US, that number has suddenly spiked in the last two years. In 2015 there were, 35,092 fatalities, up 7.2 percent from the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the first six months of 2016 the trend continued, with 19,100 people losing their lives in motor accidents, according to the National Safety Council. The figures for 2016 represent an 18 percent increase over the same period in 2014. Why the sudden increase in traffic fatalities? Experts attribute some of it to lower gas prices and a healthier economy, which have caused more people to drive lately. More people on the road means more chances for accidents, of course. But the troubling part of this trend is that many of these accidents are preventable, if drivers would follow some very simple rules. Buckle your seat belt whenever you get into a car. The NTSB reports that almost half of the recent deaths have come when drivers or passengers were not wearing seat belts. Don’t drink and drive. Almost a third of the fatalities involved a drunken driver or speeding. Pay attention, and don’t use your phone for texting while you drive. One in ten of the fatalities involved a distracted driver. A big distracting factor involves cell phones, and it’s particularly rampant among younger people. A recent survey of teenage drivers reported that 43 percent admit to texting on their phones while driving. If people followed these three simple rules, we could reverse this troubling rise in traffic fatalities. If you or someone you...
Get Expert Legal Advice After An Accident

Get Expert Legal Advice After An Accident

There are more than five million automobile accidents in the United States annually, according to recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Almost two million drivers or passengers involved in those accidents receive serious injuries. To be a party in a traffic accident is a shattering thing, especially if it is more than just a minor, “fender bender” type of event. Accidents happen suddenly, and there is often confusion about how they happened and what actually occurred. Besides the initial shock and trauma, there are often other medical problems that crop up as time goes on. It can be a disturbing, scary time as the full effects of the accident begin to sink in. This is exactly why accident victims need the services of an experienced attorney like Michael W. McElroy, P.C. A top flight personal injury attorney can help you navigate the confusing landscape of legal, insurance, and medical issues that result from a serious traffic accident. Dealing with insurance companies in particular can be challenging for the layperson, and it’s advisable to get expert legal advice before you agree to any kind of financial settlement. There are many cases where victims have agreed to quick settlements to cover their initial medical bills, but the money is not enough to cover long term treatment for ongoing medical issues that result from the accident. If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident, you need expert advice to help you get the best legal outcome. In Georgia, that means contacting Michael W. McElroy, P.C., for a free...