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Fatal auto accidents are the highest in nearly a decade

New Yorkers should keep track of car accident statistics to have an idea of what to watch for when out on the road. Governments and independent agencies are constantly keeping statistics of these accidents to determine how and why they happen as well as to formulate ways to prevent them. Recent research indicates that the problem of fatal auto accidents is worsening. There are three reasons for this: drivers moving at excessive speeds, people failing to wear seat belts and an increase in motorcycle fatalities.

In 2016, there were nearly 37,500 deaths. That was a rise of 5.6 percent from the previous year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) accrued this information. From 2007 to 2014, the number of deaths fell in six of those years.

There was a low of 32,744 in 2014, and they are rising again. Distracted driving is a factor in many accidents. However, in 2016, there was a reduction in these types of accidents to 3,450 -- a reduction of 2.2 percent.

The other mistakes drivers made behind the wheel were stated to be major factors in the rise of fatal accidents. There was a 4 percent rise in speeding fatalities; a 4.6 percent rise in deaths with passengers not wearing a seatbelt; and a 5.1 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities. Pedestrian deaths rose by 9 percent. Fatalities due to a drunk driver rose by 1.7 percent. Many accidents had several factors in combination.

Drivers might try not to think about the potential causes of a car accident when on the road. But, it is crucial to be aware of the risks that are possible when driving, as a pedestrian, when on a motorcycle or doing anything out on the road. Since wrecks can lead to medical expenses, lost time at work, the need for extended care and even death, having legal help is key to seeking compensation. Calling an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accidents can assist with filing a case.

Source: usatoday.com, "Deadly car crashes are on the rise again, hitting a 9-year high," Nathan Bomey, Oct. 6, 2017

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