The year 2015 was a dangerous one for drivers in this country, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The safety agency announced a 9.3% increase in traffic deaths for the first nine months of 2015.
The NHTSA estimated that more than 26,000 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2015, as compared with 23,7796 traffic deaths in the first nine months of 2014. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration found more travelers on the road in 2015, with a 3.5% increase in miles traveled in the first nine months of the year. This is an increase of more than 80 billion miles driven, which may be due in part to lower gas prices. The rate of traffic fatalities was greater than the growth in vehicle travel, which is even more alarming for drivers.
Out of concern for this increase in traffic crash fatalities, the NHTSA is in the process of hosting a series summits across the country to address the issues that are contributing to traffic deaths, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, and lack of seat belt and child seat use. The sessions will closely examine these unsafe behaviors exhibited by drivers and work on changes that can be made to reduce traffic fatalities. NHTSA research found that human factors contribute to 94% of crashes.
Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton car accident lawyer provides 5 tips to preventing car accidents:
- Don’t drink and drive. According to the NHTSA, drunk driving crashes represent about one-third of traffic fatalities.
- Don’t drive distracted or drowsy. Stay alert. Distracted driving accounted for 10% of crash fatalities in 2014. This includes cell phone use or the use of other mobile devices, eating and drinking, and getting distracted by other passengers, as well as things outside your vehicle. Keep your eyes on the road.
- Follow the speed limit and other rules of the road. Speeding is a leading cause of car accidents and fatalities.
- Be sure your vehicle is in good driving condition. This includes proper preparation for various weather conditions. Be sure to have your vehicle serviced regularly.
- Always wear a seatbelt. The NHTSA reported that nearly half (49%) of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.
If you or a family member were injured in a car or truck accident, call the Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton personal injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli in Philadelphia or Wilkes-Barre today for a free consultation. Call 215-575-9237 to speak to a Philadelphia car accident lawyer or call 570-714-HURT for to speak to a car accident lawyer in our Wilkes-Barre office.
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