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NHTSA Study Finds Traffic Fatalities are on the Rise

February 08, 2017

Numbers are Cause to Issue a "Call for Action"

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study last month indicating that the number of individuals who died in motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States from January 2016 to September 2016 was eight percent higher than the number of traffic-related fatalities for the same period during 2015. Whereas 25,808 individuals perished in traffic collisions between January 2015 and September 2015, that number had risen to 27,875 for January 2016 to September 2016. A representative of NHTSA asserted that the numbers represented a "crisis" requiring a national "call for action."

The Reason for the Increase in Fatalities is Not Clear

In releasing its report, NHTSA noted that the data did not reveal a reason for the significant increase in traffic fatalities or what changes – if any – are necessary to reduce the number of traffic fatalities. However, some potential causes for the increase in fatalities may include:

  • Increase in number of individuals on the road: The increase may be the result of more drivers taking to the roadways. When more people are on the road, there is an increased likelihood that injury and fatality traffic collisions would occur.
  • Decrease in safe driving behaviors: If the number of people using the nation's highways is not statistically greater than in years past, then the behaviors of the drivers on the road may be more dangerous and risky. For example, drivers may be engaging in speeding, offensive driving, or driving while distracted at rates greater than in years past.
  • Increase in mechanical defects: If the past couple of years have illustrated anything, it is that defective auto parts like airbag inflators and braking systems can result in deadly crashes. It is possible that the number of traffic-related deaths is attributable to defective car parts that end up killing the drivers and passengers they are supposed to protect.

No Changes in Driving Behaviors or Laws Just Yet

Although the rise in traffic fatalities is alarming, more information about the cause for the increase in deaths is necessary before NHTSA is able to say with certainty what driving behaviors or state laws need to be modified. In the interim, however, drivers should take these statistics as a warning to be vigilant and careful as they drive. This includes driving in a defensive manner as opposed to an aggressive manner and putting away cell phones and other distractions while driving.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law desires for Georgia residents and those who drive in the Southeast to be able to reach their destinations safely and alive. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. In the blink of an eye, a driver's bad decision or inattentiveness can result in a serious and fatal traffic collision that kills another person. When this occurs, the surviving family members can be left with expensive medical bills and other expenses at a time when the family's income has been seriously curtailed and it is struggling through its grief.

Our firm is here to help during these moments. Our compassionate firm assists clients recover monetary damages from those responsible for their injuries or the tragic loss of their loved ones. We have over 39 years of experience in representing car accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Contact us to schedule your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you believe you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a traffic accident in Georgia, you should consider speaking with a Traffic Accident Injury Attorney at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible. With more than 39 years of experience helping clients who have been injured in automobile accidents, Montlick & Associates is a firm with the necessary resources, skill, and dedication to evaluate your case to determine if someone else may be at fault for your injuries.

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