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Traffic accident fatality rates begin to creep back up

The number of road users killed each year in the U.S. fell by more than 20 percent between 2000 and 2014, but statistics reveal that fatality rates in 2015 bucked this downward trend. A report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may be alarming to South Carolina motorists, as it shows more than 26,000 road users were killed in motor vehicle accidents between January and September 2015. This represented an increase of more than 9 percent over the number who died in such accidents during the first nine months of 2014.

The NHTSA says that more research needs to be done before the causes of this increase can be fully understood. Improvements in automobile safety features along with powerful public information campaigns and better road design have been credited with improving safety, but human factors contribute to the vast majority of traffic accidents.

While the NHTSA figures show that fatality rates are going up across the country, the increase is far more pronounced in certain areas. The number killed on the roads surged by 20 percent in the Northwest and 16 percent in the Southeast, but fatalities increased by a more modest 2 percent in the South Central and Mid-Atlantic states.

A NHTSA representative said that reckless behavior such as drunk driving and using mobile electronic devices while behind the wheel are responsible for a great number of fatal automobile accidents each year. Crashes of this type often occur without warning and at a high rate of speed, and the negligent drivers responsible are often killed or face long periods of incarceration. In such a situation, a personal injury attorney may initiate litigation on behalf of accident victims against the reckless driver's estate or insurance company.

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