Traffic accidents are among the most common in the United States, but recently, the death toll has risen drastically.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report released on Friday, the number of traffic deaths in the first three months of 2012 increased by 13.5 percent to the highest they have been since 2008, making it the largest spike in traffic deaths for the second quarter since 1979.
Although the number of roadway deaths in the country had been steadily declining over the past seven years, NHTSA’s report revealed that roughly 7,630 people died in motor vehicle accidents in the first quarter of 2012, up from 6,720 deaths in the first quarter of 2011.
NHTSA speculates that one cause for the increase in traffic-related deaths can be attributed to a larger number of Americans driving. The administration explained that motor vehicle travel rose by roughly 9.7 billion miles, or about a 1.4 percent, in the first quarter.
Conversely, 2011 saw the lowest level of U.S. roadway travel since 2003.
An increase in the number of drivers on the road is the perfect breeding ground for motor vehicle accidents to occur. While some auto accidents can be avoided, others happen without a moment’s notice, leaving a victim scared, injured, or can possibly even take their lives.
When roadway accidents occur, it is imperative to speak to an accident lawyer to file a claim. Personal injury victims may be entitled to a large compensation for their pain and suffering and accident attorneys do whatever it takes to ensure victims obtain justice.
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