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Fatal car accident rates increased in 2015

With gas prices down and the economy improving, Louisiana motorists may be driving more than they have been in recent years. More people on the roads could be one of the reasons the numbers of U.S. traffic deaths and injuries went up last year. According to the National Safety Council, there was a significant increase in serious car accidents in the first part of 2015.

Between January and June 2015, there were almost 19,000 people killed in car accidents in the U.S. When that number is compared to the number of car accident deaths from the same period of time in 2014, it represents a 14 percent increase in car accident deaths. Almost 2.3 million people sustained serious injuries in car crashes during the first half of 2015, a 30 percent increase from the same period of time in 2014.

Though more driving is likely to contribute to more car accidents, other data shows that busier roads are not the sole cause of higher car accident rates. The NSC says that the number of car accident deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled rose by 8 percent in the first part of 2015. Distracted driving is often the cause of car accidents, and the NSC says that 27 percent of car crashesinvolve a driver who was using a cellphone.

While some car crashes are unavoidable, most are attributable to some form of human cause. The surviving family members of a person who is killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver may want to have legal assistance during their time of grief in recovering appropriate damages from the at-fault motorist.

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