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Fatalities and Injuries in 2016

June 23, 2016

The National Safety Council (NSC) reported that more than 40,000 traffic fatalities occurred in 2016. This is the highest level of fatalities in a decade. The increase in fatalities is a six percent increase compared to the number of deaths in 2015. NSC estimates that the total cost for the property damage, death and personal injury in 2016 is $432.5 billion.

The most common causes of motor vehicle accident fatalities are the following:

· Speeding

· Drunk driving

· Running red lights

· Fatigue

· Distracted driving

· Aggressive driving

· Hit and run

The type of vehicle a person drives may affect the likelihood of having a fatal motor vehicle collision injury. Even though motorcycles are a small percentage of the total number of vehicles on the road, motorcycle riders account for approximately 15% of motor vehicle accident fatalities. A motorcycle driver is over 25 times more likely to die in an accident than a passenger car occupant.

Large trucks are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal accidents. While large trucks make up less than 5% of the total number of vehicles on the road, they are involved in 9% of fatal vehicle accidents.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the O’Hara Law Firm for a free consultation. Mr. O’Hara works on a contingency fee basis, so he does not receive a fee unless he recovers compensation for you.