Following years of steady declines in traffic fatalities in the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is estimating that deaths resulting from traffic collisions rose by 9.3 percent during the first nine months of 2015. The news is even worse for Louisiana residents, as the Southeast part of the country saw a 16 percent rise in traffic deaths, which was one of the highest regional increases.
Across the U.S., the NHTSA estimates that around 26,000 people died in car crashes between January and September of last year. That figure is up from 23,796 over the same period in 2014.
NHTSA research has shown that human factors are fully or partially responsible for more than 90 percent of traffic collisions in the U.S., so the increase in deaths may suggest that more drivers are engaging in risky driving behaviors. As a result, the NHTSA indicates that it plans on boosting its efforts to spread awareness about driving while impaired and the failure of drivers and passengers to wear seat belts. The agency has already begun implementing a series of summits around the nation which will attempt to shine light on driving decisions that can lead to collisions.
People who have been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist often face high medical expenses, and their financial situation can be made worse due to an inability to return to work for prolonged periods. In many cases, a personal injury attorney can be of assistance in seeking financial compensation for those and other applicable losses.