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Traffic fatalities barely drop in 2014, jump in first half of 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released some new figures that portray a somewhat dismaying picture of road safety in the United States. According to the figures, in 2014 there was a slight drop in traffic fatalities. 32,675 people died that year, representing a 0.1 percent decline in fatalities. But for the first half of this year, traffic fatalities are up 8.1 percent when compared to the same time frame in 2014. 

These numbers have led to new calls to action by the NHTSA and federal officials. Road safety is a critical issue, and always will be. To see these figures is a sobering reminder that we can never sit back and be complacent with the current state of road safety.

Two of the more prominent statistics detailed in the report compound the frustration many have with motor vehicle accidents. Nearly half of the passenger occupants that died in vehicle accidents were not wearing seat belts. The other figure states that roughly one-third of the total deaths in 2014 occurred in drunk driving accidents.

To the latter figure, it is important for victims of drunk driving accidents to pursue every legal avenue they can to hold the negligent drunk driver responsible. To the former, there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said: please, wear your seat belts. They save lives, and there is a reason why they are in vehicles. Besides, not wearing one could actually hurt your personal injury case if you decide to file a lawsuit against someone involved in your accident.

Source: NHTSA, "Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher," Derrell Lyles, Nov. 24, 2015

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