Traffic deaths decreased nationwide by nearly 23 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Researchers attribute the reduction in traffic fatalities, in part, to safer vehicles that include technologies such as anti-lock brakes, collision-avoidance systems, and stability control.
Traffic fatalities for the first half of 2013 also fell by 4.2 percent, though fatality figures for all of 2013 are still being calculated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
States seeing the largest improvement in terms of traffic fatalities were: Washington, D.C. (68.8 percent reduction); Nevada (39.6 percent reduction); Mississippi (37.5 percent reduction); New Hampshire (34.9 percent reduction); and Missouri (34.3 percent reduction). Only two states – Vermont and North Dakota – saw more traffic fatalities in 2012 than in 2005, according to the study.
Although the overall trend shows a reduction in traffic fatalities, there was an increase in traffic deaths in 2012 for the first time since 2004. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths rose 5.3% to 34,080, the first year-over-year increase since 2005. Perhaps most unsettling about the 2012 data, however, is that the number of child traffic fatalities increased three percent in 2012, with 1,168 children killed in traffic accidents. In fact, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and children between the ages of 11 and 14. According to the NHTSA, an average of three children 14 and younger were killed and 462 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes during 2012.
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Although the downward trend in traffic fatalities is a significant improvement, even one traffic death is one too many. At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago car accident lawyers are committed to helping the families of those killed in a fatal car accident obtain financial recovery for their loss. Money damages in a fatal car accident lawsuit can include: medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of future income and benefits, loss of future inheritance, loss of parental guidance (if decedent has minor children), loss of spousal companionship, emotional distress of surviving spouse and next of kin, and pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death.
The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to helping motorists and passengers stay safe, and to protecting the rights of car accident victims. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers.