Motor vehicle accident fatalities increased in 2015

Unfortunately, car accidents occur each year and cause harm to victims. Motor vehicle accident fatalities increased 8 percent in 2015, according to initial estimates from the National Safety Council. The increase represents the largest yearly increase in 50 years. According to National Safety Council estimates, 38,300 victims were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015, and nearly 4 and a half million more victims were seriously injured. The estimates render 2015 the most deadly driving year in the United States since 2008.

While many factors may have contributed to the increase, improvements in the economy and lower gas prices may have led to the sharp increase. It is recommended that drivers observe safety measures, including receiving plenty of rest to prevent fatigue and refraining from using a cell phone while driving.

When a negligent driver causes a car accident that results in harm to victims and their family members, that driver may be responsible for the damages that the victims suffered. Negligent drivers can include distracted drivers as well as other drivers who fail to exercise the appropriate care for others on the roadways. Distracted driving is a serious concern for drivers today and can be costly for car accident victims and their families when they are injured.

It can be important for victims and their families to hold negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause in a car accident. Depending on the circumstances, victims and their families may be able to recover damages for the physical, financial and emotional harm caused by a negligent driver.

Source:, "Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2015 Show Large Increase Year-Over-Year," Sandy Smith, Feb. 17, 2016

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