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:
· Drunk driving
· Running red lights
· 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.