Traffic accident data from 2015 reflects one of the most dangerous years to drive in Rhode Island. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC), 2015 had the most car accident deaths in the United States since 2007. There was a 9.5 percent increase in auto accident fatalities nationwide in the first three months of 2015 and a 14 percent jump in the first six months alone. The NSC also reported that car accident victims with serious injuries were up 30 percent in 2015 and costs of traffic accidents shot up 24 percent to $152 billion. These costs come from property damage, lost income, medical expenses and other losses. If you were injured in a car accident, contact a RI car accident lawyer.
Why Were There More Car Accidents?
To simply put it, there more drivers on the road today and these drivers are not being careful. Experts state that the most common causes of these car accidents are speeding, intoxication and failure to use seat belts. Another major factor that is being highly focused on is the role of cell phones and personal electronics in car crashes. Experts also report that people are driving more due to an improving economy and cheaper gas prices. Additionally, expensive airline tickets can lead some to drive instead of flying. In essence, the more cars on the road means more accidents.
Why The Focus On Cell Phones?
The NSC estimates that one in four car accidents involves cell phone use. We live in the age of distraction. While regulators and automakers are talking about how technology can be used to prevent accidents, drivers are texting, taking selfies and using social media as they try to keep an eye on the road. Some recent studies suggest that telephone conversations, even with hands-free technology, can be highly distracting. Many states have laws that regulate cell phone use while driving. However, there are only a few states that ban drivers from any type of cell phone use. The NSC recommends a nationwide cell phone ban that prohibits all cell phone use while driving.
Contact a RI Car Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured a car accident, contact one of our experienced RI car accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.