Each year, data is collected on the number of people nationwide who die in motor vehicle accidents. While 2015 is not yet over, preliminary data is already being obtained to assess road safety in the United States. Unfortunately, recent reports from the Los Angeles Times have some bad news for motorists: the car accident death toll is rising. There are a number of factors leading to an increased risk of fatal conditions nationwide, and drivers need to be aware they face a greater chance of getting hurt or killed in a collision as compared with in recent years.
If you or someone you love is a victim of a crash, the injuries you sustain may change your life. Georgia law allows for crash victims to file a civil lawsuit in order to seek compensation when negligent drivers are responsible for harming them. Contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer for assistance in making your case for compensation if you are hurt.
Why Are Car Accident Risks Rising for Atlanta Drivers?
The preliminary data from the first half of 2015 shows there has been a 14 percent increase in the number of fatalities in traffic collisions so far this year, as compared with in 2014. If the car accident death rates continue at this pace for the remainder of the year, more than 40,000 people will lose their lives to motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, by comparison, there were 32,675 deaths in collisions.
The 40,000+ estimated deaths in 2015 means the year will have the highest number of fatal motor vehicle accident deaths since 2007.
Low gas prices is one of the most significant reasons for such a high death rate in 2015. When measuring gas prices on Labor Day, prices hit the lowest level for a gallon of gas in more than a decade. The cost of a gallon of gas was more than $1 less in 2015 than it was during the same time in 2014. When gas prices drop significantly, people tend to drive more and they tend to travel for longer distances in their vehicles. A higher number of motorists who are on the road can result in a greater potential for crashes to occur.
The improving economy and dropping unemployment rates have also made an impact on causing more drivers on the roads. With more people working, there are more commuters who drive every day and people have more money to spend to take road trips or go places with friends.
Because there so many more people going to work, going on trips, or simply driving locally, Americans drove approximately 1.5 trillion miles over the course of the first half of 2015. Motorists in America have not ever driven this much, and the 1.5 million miles beats out 2007- the previous record holder for highest miles driven.
Not only are there more motorists on the roads, but there is also a greater risk of distracted driving accidents than ever before as more people adopt smart phones; and there is an increasing risk of bicycle and pedestrian crashes occurring as more people seek alternatives to driving to work. All of this helps to exacerbate the already-increased collision risk on the roads.
Whatever the reason for rising accident rates, a car crash can shatter lives. Victims need to understand their rights for making a claim for compensation after a collision.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.