Has Strong Economy Led to Rise in Fatal Accidents?

Fatal accidents have risen 9% in the first half of 2016 when compared with last year, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). From January to June, about 19,100 people were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S., and 2.2 million were injured.

Traffic fatalities have been on an upward trend across the country since 2014. The NSC says it is no coincidence that the rise in fatalities has coincided with falling gas prices and an improving economy. Up until the past few years, fatal traffic accidents were on the decline, and then in 2015 we experienced the largest percentage rise in traffic fatalities in 50 years.

The NSC attributes the upward trend in fatal accidents primarily to the strengthened economy and lower unemployment rates, leading to more people on the roads.

“There is always going to be an increased risk when more people are on our roadways—all the more reason to drive carefully, follow traffic laws and eliminate distractions when you’re behind the wheel,” 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 at (760) 777-7777 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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