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Vehicle safety and deaths increase in U.S.

Connecticut residents should be able to get in their cars or hit the streets on foot or on two wheels and know that they will be safe. Sadly, that is not always possible. And, what may be even sadder is that the reality of traffic accidents may be getting graver if recently released crash fatality statistics are any indication.

According to data from the National Safety Council, the nation as a whole saw an incredibly significant jump in the number of people who died in motor vehicle accidents between 2014 and 2016. The jump was actually the largest in 53 years. The 40,200 people estimated to have died on American roads in 2016 is actually the highest number of such deaths since 2007. Between 2007 and 2016, the country saw its lowest number of deaths in vehicle accidents in one year in 2011. That year, 32,000 people were killed.

A closer look at the information shows that for every 100 million miles driven, 1.25 people died. The Governors Highway Safety Association points to some age-old factors that are believed to contribute to deaths on the nation's roads and highways. Speeding and drunk driving are among the top concerns along with a growing problem due to distracted driving. Lack of use of seat belts is also identified as an issue.

People who are injured in accidents in Connecticut or who lose loved ones may wish to talk with an attorney to learn about how they may seek compensation at these times.  

Source: CT Post, "2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade," Joan Lowy, Feb. 16, 2017

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