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Study shows auto accidents remain problematic

Auto accidents are a consistent problem in Staten Island and throughout New York City. However, it is not just New York, which have issues with crashes. They happen across the nation.

Researchers are conducting studies and analyzing information to gauge the cause of these auto accidents and come up with strategies to stop them. The National Safety Council (NSC) found that there has been a reduction of 1 percent in the number of fatalities on the road for the first half of 2017 from 2016, but there were still more than 18,000 fatalities.

A statement from the NSC says that there was the greatest two-year increase in fatal car crashes in more than 50 years from 2015 to 2017. It is not known whether the upward trajectory has ended or is ongoing. The estimation for total deaths in the first half of 2017 is 8 percent higher than those in 2015. It is also a concern that research indicates that there are more fatal accidents for the second half of the year than the first half, so the number might rise.

From January through June, there were 18,680 fatalities on U.S. roads and more than 2 million serious injuries. Financially, this has cost approximately $191 million. A factor is believed to be a greater number of people on the road because of an improved economy and lower gas prices. The NSC also thinks that technology, infrastructure and driver engagement can help in lowering the number of deaths on the road. An estimated 40,000 people died on the road in 2016 and 2017 might surpass that number.

With car accidents and the injuries and fatalities that accompany them, there can be massive medical expenses and long-term issues. People might not be fully aware of how to get beyond them and deal with them. Having legal help is essential and contacting an attorney who is experienced in car accidents can help with the process of moving forward and pursuing compensation through litigation.

Source: upi.com, "Report: Vehicle deaths down in 2017, but still historically high," Andrew V. Pestano, Aug. 16, 2017

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