Traffic Fatalities Fell in 2014, But Will the Trend Continue?
The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released new data that indicated an encouraging trend—the rate of traffic deaths declined in the year 2014. Figures show that 32,675 people died in car accidents in 2014, which represents a 0.1 percent decrease from 2013. The fatality rate for 2014 was actually a record low of 1.07 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
While the 2014 numbers represent a great victory for traffic safety experts and car manufacturers alike, it unfortunately appears 2015 will not continue the trend. In the first six months of the year, fatality rates were up 8.1 percent from that same period last year. Although the numbers could still ultimately stabilize to make for a low fatality year overall, so far figures are troubling.
The auto accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are thankful to hear that 2014 was a better year for traffic fatalities. We hope that when the final data numbers for 2015 are released, accident rates diminish so that 2015 can finish on a strong note as well.
Reducing Automobile Accident Fatalities
There are several main causes of fatal accidents. By recognizing the common causes of these catastrophic accidents, we can help to reduce motor vehicle fatalities. Some causes of fatal accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk driving: Drunk driving accidents are far more likely to be serious or fatal than ordinary car accidents. This is thought to do in part with the speed and poor judgment exhibited by drunk drivers. Intoxicated drivers can hit other vehicles head on, from the side, or in other dangerous positions. Never drink and drive and also be vigilant when traveling during the nighttime hours when other drivers could be intoxicated.
- Failure to wear a seat belt: Almost half of all vehicle occupants killed in car crashes were not wearing their seat belt. Never forget to buckle up because your seat belt could truly save your life. Before you set off, take a moment to look and be sure all passengers are buckled and children secured in age appropriate car or booster seats.
- Drowsy driving: Tired driving is another main cause of fatal accidents. Overtired drivers can fall asleep behind the wheel and drift into other lanes. Tired drivers also have poor reaction times and could cause deadly accidents.
- Distracted driving: Driver distraction kills thousands annually and many believe the true rate of fatal distracted driving accidents is higher than we even realize due to a lack of reporting. Put down your cell phone and focus on the road at all times. Look out for the telltale signs of a texting driver, such as looking down and swerving, so that you can move far away.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Dedicated and Professional Automobile Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, the Georgia Auto Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. Our law firm provides essential assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast and has over 35 years of experience and strive to provide you with the outstanding representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.