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Traffic deaths continue to soar

Each year, car manufacturers and federal safety regulators improve the safety of vehicles through remarkable technological advances that you may not have imagined seeing in your lifetime. Some of the most recent breakthroughs include:

  • Stability control
  • Rearview cameras
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic braking
  • Blind-spot monitors
  • Self-driving capabilities

Despite this, the number of traffic fatalities continues to climb. The National Safety Council president believes that most people simply accept that deaths on the highway will occur, and they do nothing to change the trends.

More and more people on the roads

A recent study shows that, while fatalities in Ohio may have decreased last year, the national rate of highway deaths reached its highest level since 2007. Approximately 42,200 people died in crashes in the past year, with 1,036 of them occurring in Ohio. Perhaps you recently lost someone you loved in a motor vehicle accident.

You and your family probably stayed off the road when the economy was bad. Gas prices were high, and perhaps you didn't have any money to spend. Like many, you may have tightened your budget by reducing the number and distances of trips to the bare necessities. Now that the economy is better, people are back on the roads. Your teens may have jobs, allowing them to afford gas for the car.

Common reasons for traffic fatalities

In addition to the higher volume of cars on the highways, safety officials cite other factors that contribute to the climbing rates of accidents and fatalities. No doubt, you have heard warnings about these and more:

  • Not wearing seat belts
  • Drinking and driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting and other distracted behavior

The state highway patrol believes many people have little regard for others, and their behavior often proves this belief true. You may agree if you suffered the grief of losing a loved one in an accident.

When the statistics hit home

Dealing with the trauma of a motor vehicle accident may take a lifetime. In addition to physical injuries and financial damages, you are probably coping with the confusion and stress that follows a traumatic event. You may also be dealing with the emptiness and grief of having a loved one die from injuries suffered in the accident.

While there is nothing that can truly make up for that loss, seeking justice in the form of compensation may help you heal in other ways. By holding the responsible person accountable for his or her negligence - whether from distracted driving, impairment, speed or other factors - you may find some closure and satisfaction. You may also obtain remuneration that will assist you in your recovery and in moving forward.

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