While more measures to improve traffic safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists have been implemented in many areas throughout the nation, so far, 2015 is looking grim; according to the not-for-profit National Safety Council, fatal car crashes are already up 14 percent. Cordisco & Saile LLC’s car accidents blog outlines the multi-faceted aftermath of car crashes and what victims can expect.
Motor Vehicle Deaths Skyrocket
The National Safety Council reports that 2015 is the deadliest year for drivers since 2007. In fact, in the six-month period from January 2015 through June, there have already been 18,600 motor vehicle traffic deaths. In comparison, the first six months of 2014 witnessed more than 2,000 less, with a total of 16,400 motor vehicle deaths.
A Heavy Toll on the Economy
Not only is the 14 percent increase in motor vehicle deaths tragic for victims and their families; it’s also been costly for the nation’s economy, too. In fact, the related costs to the traffic deaths (death costs, injuries, lost wages, property damage, etc.) have totaled more than $150 billion dollars. That was a 24 percent increase from the same period in 2014.
Why more accidents?
The increase in the number of accidents may be because there are more drivers on the road in 2015 than there were in 2014. With more jobs being added to the economy, as well as lower gas prices, more people are driving—and driving to work—this year.
In fact, the National Safety Council reports that there’s been a 3.4 percent increase in cumulative vehicle mileage through May. And, with technology more prevalent than ever before, more and more drivers may be distracted by cell phones behind the wheel. After a car wreck, use your phone to call the medics and your loved ones but don’t call the insurance company first after a car crash.
With more people on the road, it’s more important than ever to practice safe driving practices. Maintaining a safe speed limit, stopping at stoplights and stop signs, controlling road rage, driving sober and aware, and never using handheld devices from behind the wheel are important. Additionally, drivers should ensure that their vehicles are in good condition, and should always wear seatbelts.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Motor Vehicle Fatality
Losing a loved one in a traffic accident can be heart wrenching. If your family has suffered a loss due to someone else’s negligence while driving, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim can help you to recover damages for funeral expenses, the deceased’s lost wages and medical expenses, and loss of companionship. To learn more about wrongful death claims following a motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today at 215-642-2335.