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Report: fatal car accidents on a sharp rise

As automakers continue to develop safer cars here in Michigan, traffic infrastructure continues to improve and drivers continue to learn more about eliminating risks behind the wheel, you would think that the number of fatal car accidents would decline in this country. Unfortunately, a recent report has confirmed just the opposite.

Motor vehicle traffic fatalities increased sharply in the first half of 2012--the largest increase in the first six months of any year since 1975.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it has been estimated that 16,290 people died in car accidents between January and June of 2012.

In the first half of 2011, there were 14,950 fatalities. However, the number of fatalities in the first half of the year has declined from the modern high in 2006, during which 20,500 people died.

The NHTSA has yet to speculate about what caused the dramatic increase from 2011 to 2012. A representative from AAA suggested to CNN that more traffic coupled with deteriorating roads and neglected maintenance by state and federal authorities may have had an impact.

Of course, one might imagine that the continued numbers of people who continue to drink and drive and text and drive despite the widespread public knowledge about the dangers of these things may be a contributing factor.

It is important that officials continue to study such statistics in order to craft plans that will curb car accident fatalities. It is important, too, for every individual driver here in Michigan to do their part to act responsibly behind the wheel and not endanger themselves and others by neglecting safe driving practices.

Source: CNN, "Traffic fatalities up 9% in first half of 2012," Jim Barnett, Sept. 28, 2012

  • Our firm helps people recover compensation for the financial expenses involved with losing a loved one in a fatal accident. To learn more, visit our Michigan Wrongful Death page.

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