Fatalities and Injuries in 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. 

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