False Sense of Comfort from NHTSA Reports of Record Low Highway Deaths

Looking at reports and accident statistics from the 2011 year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released information indicating that the number of highway deaths per mile declined last year. Reaching its lowest rate ever, that is since 1921 when the record keeping began, preliminary government data shows that per miles driven, last year's highway death toll was lower than ever.

In total, it is reported that 32,310 motor vehicle related deaths occurred in 2011. This number of traffic fatalities is down by 1.7 percent from the number reported for 2010, and it is lower than anything reported in the last 60 years. However, 30,000+ highway deaths is no small number and should not be dismissed simply because it is a drop from past numbers. In fact, the president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, J. Gillan, has cautioned against the complacency that could arise as a result of the new trend. Instead, she stressed that more than 32,000 people are being lost per year, and even warned against what might happen in a robust and fully functioning economy.

According to Gillan, highway deaths have increased in the past when the economy is doing well, a trend that we should be on the lookout for now. This may be because more driving and highway time occurs when the economy is not suffering financially. With more cars and people on the road, there is naturally more room for errors, negligence, and abuse. As such, there is more chance for accidents, injuries and fatalities. As this is true in every state to a varying degree, it will be important for victims in North Carolina to at once contact a Raleigh personal injury attorney for legal protection against the adversities that may be presented by insurance companies and the like.

At the Whitley Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients seek compensation for the wrongful actions of another which may have led to injuries or fatality. This is particularly true when it comes to car accidents and cases of wrongful death. For both, we are prepared to take on the insurance company or liable party and help ensure that you are compensated appropriately. Under the direction of an associate from our firm, you can actively pursue your case in a way that will be most conducive to obtaining the money and means to recover that you not only need but deserve. We are dedicated to helping you regain a sound footing after being injured or losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. To learn more, contact a Raleigh car accident lawyer at our office today.