Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) released preliminary data for 2016 that indicates as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. This number represents a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014. That marks “the most dramatic two-year escalation” in more than 60 years. NSC, a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate preventable accidents, examined data from the National Center of Health Statistics, a bureau of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to collect the following facts:
Many observers have commented that the national motor vehicle accident rate and fatality rate are simply returning to their pre-recession norms. More economic activity, more employment, people with more money to spend, and the availability of cheap, abundant gasoline combine to increase motor vehicle traffic, which inevitably leads to more accidents and more fatalities.
But NSC president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman isn’t buying the idea of inevitability. “Our complacency is killing us,” she says. “Americans believe there is nothing we can do to stop crashes from happening, but that isn't true. The U.S. lags [behind] the rest of the developed world in addressing highway fatalities. We know what needs to be done; we just haven't done it.”
NSC is calling for the implementation of a list of “life-saving measures,” including:
This is an ambitious legislative program, but drivers do not have to wait for their state legislature to act before taking decisive steps to improve highway safety. Three simple steps can go a long way: don’t speed, don’t drink and drive, and don’t let yourself be distracted by cellphones or any other source. By eliminating these leading causes of preventable accidents, you drastically improve your chances of arriving safely at your destination.
If you are injured in an auto accident in Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, we’re ready to put more than 200 years of combined legal experience to work for you. Call Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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