Preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council shows that deaths from auto accidents during the first six months of 2014 are down 4 percent, compared to the exact same six month period in 2013. In 2014, 16,180 traffic fatalities occurred from January through June, compared to 16,860 in 2013.
The exact reasons behind the traffic fatality decrease is unknown at this time.
Deborah Hersman, the president and CEO at NSC released the following statement: “Studies show that 90 percent of crashes involve driver error, including speeding, alcohol use and distractions. Although it’s encouraging to see a decrease in fatalities, the unfortunate fact remains that many of these crashes could have been prevented.”
Moreover, the estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage through June was $123.0 billion, a 3 percent decrease from 2013. These costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.
While the downward trend in traffic fatalities is a vast improvement from last year, even just one traffic death is one too many. At Whittel & Melton, our Hernando County Auto Accident Attorneys remain dedicated to helping injury victims and the families of those killed in a fatal car accident obtain financial recovery for their loss. Financial compensation from a fatal car accident lawsuit can cover medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of future income and benefits, loss of spousal companionship, emotional distress, mental anguish and pain and suffering.
The Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are committed to helping all drivers keep our roadways safe. In the event that you or a loved one is involved in an unfortunate auto accident, we will proudly step up and provide you with the legal help needed to protect your rights. To schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers, please call us today at 352-666-2121 or contact us online.