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New report shows big jump in fatal traffic accidents

It seems as though you should be able to count on car accidents going down every year. With car technology improving and safety improvements always being developed, you would think that accidents and deaths on the road would continue a downward trend. Maybe they never reach zero, but they should always decline. Add in the fact that self-driving cars are starting to get into the mix, and we should be experiencing a road safety revolution.

Yet here we are, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releasing another report about fatal accidents in the U.S. that shows a steady increase in such accidents. From 2014 to 2015, deaths in traffic accidents jumped 8.4 percent. From 2015 to 2016, it increased 5.6 percent (1,976 more people died last year than in 2015).

Even more startling, the 8.4 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 is the greatest year over year increase in traffic fatalities since 1963-64. Four major areas of accidents saw increases: motorcycle accident deaths (up 5.1 percent), pedestrian deaths (up 9 percent), biking deaths (up 1.3 percent), and drunk driving accident deaths (up 1.7 percent).

The report is practically devoid of any good news, and it makes it seem as though roads aren't as safe as they were even decades ago. With that in mind, it is important for victims of car accidents, or even the loved ones of victims of accidents, to remember their rights and to consult with an attorney.

Source: NHTSA, "2016 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview," Accessed Oct. 18, 2017

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