Why Did Fatal Accidents Increase in 2015?

Preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that fatal accidents rose from 2014 to 2015. According to the data, there were more than 35,000 traffic-related fatalities in 2015, a 7.7% increase from 2014.

The most significant increase in fatalities was for pedestrians and bicyclists. Pedestrian fatalities increased by 10%, while bicyclist fatalities rose by 13%. Large truck crashes also increased by 4%.

The increase in fatal accidents might be related to the improving economy, leading to a rise of drivers on the road. But the NHTSA asserts that this isn’t the main issue. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind asserts that 94% of crashes are due to human choice or error. Rosekind recommends continued efforts on improving driver behavior to reduce accidents, as well as vehicle technology that helps prevent crashes.

“It’s disheartening to see such a large increase in fatal accidents. We hope that law enforcement and community leaders learn from this information and take initiative on driver education and enforcement of speeding, distracted driving and driving under the influence,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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