Gastonia, NC- Traffic accidents had been on the decline, but analysis of 2015 accident rates throughout the U.S. found the trend has reversed. Nationwide, traffic accidents increased by 7.2 percent last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which represents the biggest increase in nearly five decades.
Drunken driving accounted for one in three traffic fatalities in 2015.
North Carolina also saw and increase in traffic accidents and fatalities according to the federal agency’s analysis. The Tar Heel state saw a 7.4 percent increase in fatalities over last year, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,378. Alcohol-related fatalities in the state rose 13.2 percent over 2014, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Nationwide, half of all of those killed in traffic accidents were not wearing their seat belts. Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths also rose significantly, according to the Charlotte Observer.
The NHTSA also found that the number of miles traveled increased by 3.5 percent which they attribute to lower gas prices and job growth. The agency also noted that motorists continue to engage in dangerous driving habits such as drunken driving or driving while distracted.
Accident victims will benefit from having an experienced accident lawyer in Gastonia working on their claim.
The NHTSA called on experts along with local and state officials to look for reasons behind the surge in traffic crashes and find solutions to reduce road accidents.
Sadly, too many motorists don’t give a second thought about how their bad habits can affect other drivers. They take risks that have the potential to cause an injurious or deadly accident without consideration and without following best practices on the road. If you are the victim of a reckless motorist in North Carolina, USAttorneys encourages you to speak with a legal expert; you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages and emotional distress. Our devoted team of accident lawyers in Gastonia, North Carolina, will do the work so that you can turn your attention to your well-being.
It’s normal for you to be confused about what steps to take next, but you don’t have to do through the claims process alone. If you live and Gastonia and were in an accident, we recommend you call the Law Offices of J. Boyce Garland Jr. and arrange a case evaluation. As a personal injury lawyer, Mr. Garland has helped numerous clients recover compensation for their injuries or loss of their loved ones. You can reach his office and set up a consultation by calling 704-867-1113. Don’t put off getting the legal assistance, call the Law Office of J. Boyce Garland today.