America’s roads have become more deadly, with fatal trucking accidents on the rise and the number of overall traffic deaths in 2015 possibly being the highest in nearly a decade.
Nine People per Day Killed in Truck Crashes
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of people killed in tractor-trailer crashes increased each year between 2009 and 2013 – the most recent statistics. In that time, an average of 3,400 people died annually in semi-truck crashes, or about nine individuals per day.
And some possible changes to trucking laws and regulations could further spike the number of people killed in commercial trucking accidents. Congress is considering doing away with the Hours of Service rule, designed to keep fatigued truckers off the road. There’s even talk of allowing truckers as young as 18 to drive their big rigs on the nation’s interstates.
Motor Vehicle Deaths Up 14 Percent
Now, the National Safety Council reports that the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the first half of 2015 – almost 19,000 – is up 14 percent over 2014. Serious injuries suffered in car and truck crashes through June 2015 jumped 30 percent. The agency projects the number of motor vehicle accidents deaths could exceed 40,000 for the year, the highest since 2007.
The National Safety Council says there are more drivers on the road thanks to an improving economy and lower gas prices, and more drivers tend to produce more accidents.
Not only are there more drivers, there are more distracted drivers, as people continue to call or text while behind the wheel in greater frequency. The National Safety Council reports that one out every four car crashes involves the use of a cell phone.
If you were severely injured or had a loved one killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver or some other negligent act, you may want to visit with an attorney who represents victims of catastrophic traffic accidents, who can pursue your legal rights to just compensation for your losses.
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