Preliminary information indicates that the number traffic fatalities has declined slightly. According to a new projection from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 32,850 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 – a 2.1 percent decrease from 2012.
The report wasn’t all good news, however, and certainly even one traffic fatality is one too many. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis projections indicate that traffic fatalities in the fourth quarter of 2013 actually increased 1.8 percent compared to the same time period in 2012 – the only quarter in 2013 that showed a projected increase. The fatality rate per 100 vehicle miles traveled for 2013 is projected to decrease slightly to 1.11 from the 2012 projected rate of 1.13.
According to Safety and Health Magazine, NHTSA stated that it is too soon to speculate on the factors that may have contributed to the 2013 decrease in fatalities. An updated estimate for 2013 is expected to be released in the upcoming months.
As we recently reported, traffic fatalities increased in 2012, according to the final crash data findings of the NHTSA. According to the report, 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.
Work-related accidents also account for a significant number of traffic fatalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003 and 2010, an average of 1,275 workers died each year from motor vehicle accidents, and as we recently reported, 1,153 people died in fatal work-related roadway incidents in 2012.
Contact an Chicago Car Accident Lawyer
The families of those killed in traffic collisions may be able to recover compensation from the negligent party in a wrongful death lawsuit. Money damages in 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 keeping motorists and passengers 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.