Traffic Fatalities Are on the Rise Nationwide


Traffic Fatalities Are on the Rise Nationwide

When a Loved One Loses His Life on the Highway, I Will Fight for You

Personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are no strangers to the tragic consequences of car crashes. For many of these firms, most of the cases they take are car accident cases. Given early estimates that 38,000 people were killed and over four million were seriously injured in car crashes in 2015, it’s no surprise that traffic accidents account for such large numbers of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. And considering the recent upward trend, it’s not likely to get better any time soon.

Most Common Causes of Car Crash Fatalities

Although numbers have not yet been finalized for 2015, the National Safety Council predicted halfway through the year that fatalities would be up 14 percent over 2014. This is the first increase in fatalities since 2001 and the highest fatality total since 2008. The leading contributors to automobile deaths remain constant, but experts suspect that technology is creeping in as a major danger for drivers. In 2014, the leading causes of traffic fatalities were the following:

  • Speeding. For the last ten years, speeding has been a factor in 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drivers who exceed the speed limit, drive too fast for road and weather conditions, or use public roads for racing are leading contributors to car crash deaths.
  • Alcohol. Drunk driving accounts for another 30 percent of traffic deaths, despite enormous effort over the years to prevent drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 24 are most likely to drive while intoxicated.
  • Seatbelt use. Whatever the cause of the crash, vehicle occupants who are not wearing a safety belt are much more likely to be killed. In fact, 52 percent of drivers killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt, while 56 percent of passengers were unbelted.
  • Cellphone use. Investigators are still trying to figure out how to determine the impact of cellphone use on vehicle crashes, but estimates are that use of technology is a factor in one in four crashes and that using a phone while driving increases the likelihood of a crash by eight times.

William Enoch Andrews Will Fight for You

If you lost a loved one in an automobile crash in the Salt Lake City area, it probably doesn’t even matter to you how or why it happened. But, while you are focused on getting through each day, Mr. Andrews will find out who is to blame for the crash and pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. He will fight for you while you fight to get your life back together.