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Fatal Car Crashes Exceed 40,000 for First Time in a Decade

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people killed in car crashes last year exceeded 40,000 for the first time in a decade. This increase is a dramatic reverse from the downtrend in traffic fatalities the country has witnessed in recent years.

This is a 6% increase compared to 2015. However, motor vehicle fatality numbers have been creeping upward for at least two years and, unfortunately, not much action has been taken to combat this alarming spike. If there is continued failure to take action, it seems the death toll will also continue to rise.

Motor vehicle injuries also increased. Approximately 4.6 million people sought medical treatment after crashes, which is an increase of 7% over 2015. The safety council estimated the total cost of deaths, injuries, and property damage to be about $432.5 billion, which is a 12% increase from 2015.

Some of the most deadly states in the country, which all witnessed more than a 20% increase in motor vehicle fatalities included:

  • New Mexico
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Alabama
  • Kansas
  • New Hampshire

In the state of Michigan, it is estimated that over 270,000 car accidents occur every year. These crashes are too often caused by negligence and can either lead to fatalities or devastating and life-altering injuries.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation under the law. The Detroit personal injury attorneys at Goodman Acker P.C. have been dedicated to helping victims of car accidents recover compensation for more than 75 years. We understand that being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event and will fight to achieve justice on your behalf.

Call us for a free case review at (248) 793-2010.

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