In its annual report released yesterday, the National Safety Council announced that lower gas prices and distractions while driving helped lead to a significant rise in fatal auto accidents throughout the United States in 2015. In a report released yesterday, the National Safety Council said that approximately 38,300 motor vehicle deaths occurred from January through December of 2015 – an increase of 8% from the same period in 2014.
The report also stated that driving-related deaths in Florida were up significantly more than that. Automobile accident deaths in our state throughout the year increased 18% over 2014. Florida was one of only three states to have more than 1,000 deaths in the first half of the year, and the fatalities continued at a higher rate right through the end of the year.
The 18% increase was the third highest year-over-year increase of any state in the country, only surpassed by Oregon and Georgia. The 38,300 fatalities represent the most car accident deaths in the United States in one year since 2008, and the largest year-over-year increase in 50 years.
These are all sobering and scary statistics that point directly to a sad fact, according to Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “These numbers are serving notice: Americans take their safety on the roadways for granted,” she said.
“Driving a car is one of the riskiest activities any of us undertake in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements. Engage your defensive driving skills and stay alert so we can reverse this trend in 2016.”
To read yesterday’s entire press release, please go to: http://www.wdrb.com/story/31243288/motor-vehicle-deaths-in-2015-increased-by-largest-percent-in-50-years-says-national-safety-council
If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was distracted or otherwise impaired, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.
At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that car accidents unfortunately happen all the time. If you are in an accident because of the willful negligence of another driver then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.