Traffic Fatalities On The Rise In 2015

On behalf of James L. Arruebarrena, L.L.C. posted in Injuries on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release showing its Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) figures for 2014 and the first half of 2015. The numbers are not good.

In 2014, the number of people who died in auto accidents actually decreased slightly from the previous year. The fatality rate hit a record low. Unfortunately, estimates for the first six months of 2015 show that the fatality rate may be on the rise. In fact, estimates reveal a 4.4 percent increase in the fatality rate. While these are only estimates, they are indicative of a downward trend that NHTSA is striving to stop.

The Causes Of Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities

Drunk driving remains a serious problem. Approximately 33 percent of the traffic fatalities in 2014 were related to drunk driving accidents. Distracted driving, including texting and driving, accounted for 10 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities. Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of motor vehicle crash fatalities. These are all behavioral issues that NHTSA is committed to reducing.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind stated, "It is time as a nation to reinvigorate the fight against drunk and drugged driving, distraction and other risks that kill thousands every year, and time for State and local governments to reassess whether they are making the right policy choices to improve highway safety."

What The Statistics Do Not Show

What these statistics do not clearly reveal is the number of innocent people killed on the roads due to the negligence of other drivers. How many people were killed by drunk drivers, distracted drivers and drowsy drivers? Another question not answered by these statistics: Were the families of people who were killed by negligent drivers properly compensated for their loss?

Family members of people killed by negligent drivers need to know that they may be able to obtain compensation through a wrongful death claim, which can be filed with the help of an experienced attorney. Negligent drivers should be held accountable.

New Orleans attorney James Arruebarrena has 20-plus years of experience helping families get justice and compensation through wrongful death claims. He offers free consultations in all cases.