In 2016, a data report was released by the National Safety Council (NSC),
which revealed that 38,300 people died in automobile crashes the previous
year, marking the largest spike in crash fatalities in fifty years. At
the time of the report’s release, it seemed that 2016 would only
continue this upward trend in traffic deaths. Unfortunately, this fear
is now a confirmed reality with the NSC’s recent estimate that 40,200
people lost their lives in automobile accidents in 2016, which is a 6%
increase from the previous year.
In spite of the effort put into discouraging drivers from partaking in
dangerous behavior while driving – from drinking and driving to
texting or failing to use a seatbelt – the deaths keep increasing
at alarming rates. If the estimated number of deaths is correct, it is
not only statistically significant, but also the first time since 2007
that more than 40,000 people died in automobile accidents throughout a
single year. This steady two-year increase totals to 14%, which is the
largest in over half a century.
What is the reason behind this sharp and sudden increase? Some experts
say that the improving economy may play a partial role now that Americans
are better off and capable of driving for pleasure as well as work. However,
distracted driving appears to be the most culpable factor in this spike.
With an endless amount of apps available on smartphones, there are too
many temptations luring the attention of drivers away from the road and
little willpower to save it for later.
Lax enforcement of driving violations, such as speeding, not wearing a
seatbelt, or drunk driving, may also be to blame, according to government
officials. However, there is also a reluctance to impose even more restrictive
measures on drivers. Surely smartphones have a place among the reasons
why so many fatal crashes are occurring, but many of the primary culprits
continue to be a lack of seatbelt use, drinking, and speeding.
At Biren Law Group, our Los Angeles serious injury attorneys will explore
every aspect of your case to ensure the full level of compensation to
which you are entitled. If you are suffering from catastrophic injuries
sustained in a car accident, our legal team is prepared to handle your
case. Call us today for free consultation at (310) 896-4345.