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Motor vehicle fatalities increase in 2015

According to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more people in South Carolina and throughout the United States were killed motor vehicle accidents in 2015 than in 2014. Traffic fatalities had been on the decline since 2005 when 42,708 deaths were recorded. However, there was a 7.2 percent one-year increase in 2015. The total number of roadway fatalities last year was 35,092.

Statistics also show that in 2015, there was a 3.5 percent increase in vehicle miles driven. Experts say that people were driving more because gas was less expensive and the economy was better. However, this is not the only reason for the fatality increase. In almost 50 percent of the deaths, people were not wearing seat belts. Speeding or drunk driving played a role in 30 percent of the accidents. In about 10 percent of the crashes, distracted driving was involved.

Lower drunk driving rates, better safety features and seat belt compliance were all cited as reasons that fatalities had been dropping. The U.S. Transportation Secretary has called on experts and the public to work toward solutions that will reverse the trend once again.

Following a devastating car accident, a victim might expect insurance compensation to cover costs such as medical expenses and vehicle damage. Unfortunately, agencies often do not offer enough money. If the driver who caused the accident was drunk, driving while texting, speeding or otherwise at fault, it might be possible to file a lawsuit against the driver. Even if the driver's actions do not result in charges from police, the driver still might be considered negligent in a civil sense.

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