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New research examines car accidents numbers across the nation

Government agencies and other research outlets keep a close eye on auto accident statistics to determine how they happen, why they happen and to craft strategies to prevent and reduce them. Louisianans and people across the nation should be aware of these numbers to try and avoid potential dangers. Naturally, it is impossible to steer clear of all auto crashes, and if one does occur, the information as to its cause can help when filing a legal claim for compensation.

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its car crash data for the first six months of 2017 and found that the numbers have increased significantly from 2015, but have lowered from what they were in 2016. There were close to 18,700 fatalities in car accidents through the end of June 2017. That is a reduction of 1 percent from the same time span in 2016. Deaths, however, had risen by 8 percent in comparison to the first six months of 2015.

The number of people killed in crashes began rising toward the end of 2014 after years of reductions. In 2016, there were more than 40,000 people killed -- an increase of close to 5,000 from 2014. This was congruent to the number of miles that people across the nation drove in the first six months of 2017 as that was up by 1.7 percent. The increase in miles driven is believed to be reducing. The statistics utilized by the NSC come directly from the states and differ from the fatalities reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA only counts deaths that happen on public roads while the NSC uses those statistics and those that happen in parking lots, driveways and on private roads.

Regardless of the precise statistics, the number of accidents taking place, despite improvements to safety protocol in vehicles, is concerning. Whether it happened because of distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence or for any other reasons, those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident must be cognizant of their rights. A full investigation must be conducted and all the proper steps taken to pursue litigation with help from a personal injury attorney.

Source: abcnews.go.com, "Safety council: Motor vehicle deaths dip slightly in 2017," Joan Lowy, Aug. 15, 2017

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