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Traffic Deaths in the U.S. Rise for a Second Year in a Row

Newer cars with high safety standards have been manufactured, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on driving dangers (e.g. drunk driving, texting while driving, failure to buckle your seat belt) over the past decade. However, despite these efforts, traffic collision deaths remain on the rise.

According to a report by the National Safety Council, approximately 40,200 people died in car accidents in 2016, which is a 6% increase from last year’s figures. This is the first time that over 40,000 have passed away in motor vehicle collisions in a single year.

How Did Traffic Deaths Increase?

One of the reasons for the rise is believed to be due to the improving economy, resulting in more Americans driving on the road for both work and pleasure. Another reason is an increase in distracted driving, since more people are now checking apps – such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. – as opposed to just text messages and missed calls.

Government officials and safety advocates contend that the rise in deaths has been caused by more lenient enforcement of drunken driving, seatbelt, and speeding regulations by law enforcement and a reluctance by lawmakers to pass more strict measures. Only 18 states have laws requiring car occupants to wear seatbelts. In 15 states, failure to wear a seatbelt in the front seats is only a secondary offense.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about half of all traffic deaths involve unbelted occupants, while almost a third involve intoxicated drivers.

Injured in a Car Accident in Louisiana?

Whether you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a negligent driver in Louisiana, Anderson & Boutwell is committed to helping you pursue the monetary damages and justice you deserve. With more than 60 years of combined experience, our Tangipahoa car accident attorneys have the extensive knowledge of state law to successfully handle traffic collisions caused by drunk and distracted drivers.

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