NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Deaths

TRAFFIC 1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released the latest evaluation of traffic deaths for 2015. The numbers show that there is still a lot of work to be done to decrease automobile accident and traffic deaths in the United States.

The NHTSA’s numbers show that an estimated 26,000 individuals were killed in traffic crashes in the first nine months of 2015. This is a 9.3% increase from the 23,796 deaths that occurred in the first nine months of 2014.

This increase in deaths follows years of steadily declining rates. Traffic deaths decreased by more than 22 percent from 2000-2014. Human factors and errors contribute to the vast majority of traffic accidents.

Common issues that lead to traffic accidents include:

  • Impaired driving (alcohol or other drugs)
  • Not wearing seat belts
  • Not using car seats
  • Improper use of car seats
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Not staying alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.