Increased Risk of Vehicle Accidents and the NSC’s Safety Recommendations
Despite today’s car safety technology, there is an increased risk that you or a family member may die in an automobile accident. According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) preliminary 2015 estimates, deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes were eight percent higher in 2015 than in 2014. This is the highest yearly increase in fatalities in 50 years and the deadliest year since 2008.
Causes of Increased Car Crash Fatalities
While a number of factors contributed to the increases in deaths in vehicle accidents, two core reasons caused the increase:
- Lower gas prices
- Better economy
These trends have made driving and traveling more affordable for people, and more drivers are on the roads and highways throughout our country. However, drivers are taking safety too much for granted.
NSC Safety Recommendations
The NSC’s safety recommendations shed light on some other reasons these deadly accidents occur. They advise drivers to do the following:
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up.
- If you are drinking alcohol or consuming drugs, use a designated driver or find alternative transportation to get home.
- Do not drive when you are fatigued.
- Do not text or talk on a cell phone while driving.
- Monitor and discuss your teen’s driving practices to help prevent him from getting into a crash.
- Learn how to properly use the safety equipment on your vehicle.
Compensation If You’re in a Crash
Because you have an increased risk of a serious car accident, you could suffer devastating injuries such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI); hip, pelvic, and other serious fractures; internal organ damage; and paralysis or death. You may need expensive medical treatments and a long period off work while you recover. You may be entitled to compensation for these expenses and your pain and suffering from the negligent driver.
Did a negligent driver cause your crash? You need an experienced car accident attorney to help determine if this contributed to your accident. Call me at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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