The National Safety Council released data last week showing traffic deaths were up 6 percent from 2015 to 2016. This translates to 40,200 deaths in 2016.
What is causing the increase in auto accident fatalities? Experts with AAA point to distraction as a contributing factor to the increase in traffic fatalities.
How much of a problem is distracted driving? According to AAA Foundation, distracted driving is a pretty big problem.
The foundation reports that the vast majority of drivers admit to distracted practices while behind the wheel. 69 percent of those over the age of 75 are guilty of these practices and 75 percent of those ranging from 40 to 59 also admit to partaking in distracted driving.
Who tend to be the biggest offenders? When it comes to speeding, running stop signs and using cellphones while driving young drivers are often the biggest offenders. This was supported by a recent report by AAA. The report found that 88 percent of those ranging in age from 19 to 24 admitted to one of these dangerous behaviors while driving.
How can we reverse this trend? “Adults have to be the role models,” states a current driver’s education teacher. The teacher has been in the business of teaching interested students how to safely operate a vehicle for two decades. He notes that regardless of the lessons he teaches in class, his driving students look to their parents’ behaviors to shape their own driving practices. As such, setting a good example can go a long way towards reversing this trend.
What about the victims? Those who lose a loved one or are seriously injured in a distracted driving accident are likely eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Why should victims consider moving forward with a lawsuit? It is important to hold those who cause injury due to their negligent or reckless behavior accountable. This type of lawsuit can lead to much needed monetary funds to cover the expenses connected to the accident. Expenses like hospital bills, prescription costs, lost wages and other expenditures resulting from the accident.