The past few years saw a decline in the number of driving deaths, but the number of fatal car accidents rose significantly in the first six months of last year. According to data from the National Safety Council, the number of car crashes, crashes involving significant injuries and crashes resulting in deaths in the first six months of 2015 increased compared to the first six months of 2014.
Per the NSC, approximately 19,000 people died in car accidents between January and June of 2015, a 19 percent year-over-year increase from 2014. Along with a sharp increase in the number of fatal automobile accidents, there was also a spike in the number of collisions involving serious injury.
There were 2.3 million serious injuries due to car accidents recorded, which is a 30 percent increase from the same time frame in 2014. Serious injuries are classified by the NSC as those that require a medical consultation.
The cost of car accidents can be high to both society and the individuals involved. The cost of car repairs can be significant, but it can pale in comparison to the medical expenses that injured victims are forced to bear. In addition, many who are injured are unable to return to work for lengthy periods, further worsening their financial condition. Although some accidents are unavoidable, many are caused by human error. A person who has been injured in a collision that was the result of another driver who was impaired, speeding, distracted or negligent in some other fashion may want to have an attorney’s help in pursuing compensation for the resulting losses.