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NSC report: deaths, injuries rise on US roads in early 2015

A new report from the National Safety Council casts a lot of doubt on recent efforts to make roads safer. In fact, save a couple of areas of traffic safety, the report makes it seem as though road safety is trending in the wrong direction.

The NSC report looked at traffic accidents from the first half of 2015, and the agency found that traffic deaths increased by 14 percent. Traffic injuries increased by 33 percent. And these two stats occurred even though there was only a 3.4 percent increase in miles traveled by drivers.

The small bits of good news contained in this report are:

  • Drunk driving crashes dropped by 20 percent
  • Teen deaths in traffic accidents are down
  • Seat belt use is up

Still, these pieces of good news don't make up for the fact that, in general, the roads in the U.S. were far more dangerous in the first part of 2015 than they have been recently. Some officials are blaming cellphone use for this increased death and injury rate, and that certainly doesn't seem like an incorrect assumption. Even if that is a piece of the puzzle, there are still plenty of other reasons that are contributing to this rise in road deaths and injuries.

When drivers operate their vehicles in dangerous or negligent ways, they put themselves in a position of liability should they cause an accident. Holding these irresponsible people liable for their actions is essential for the victims of the accidents because it gives the victims a chance to earn needed compensation to help them pay for medical bills and other costs associated with the accident that they had to (unfortunately) endure.

Source: Tucson News Now, "Traffic deaths are up across U.S., according to a new study," Sasha Loftis, Aug. 17, 2015

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