In the first nine months of 2016, the number of fatal accidents surged by 8 percent over the same period in 2015.
Austin, TX- Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Association shows that for the eighth consecutive quarter fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. increased. Surprisingly, the increase in fatal crashes comes at a time when crash avoidance systems are becoming more common in many autos on the road. In this article, USAttorneys’ legal team in Austin, Texas, will discuss the new study and cover some basics of Texas wrongful death claims.
NHTSA fatal traffic accident study
In a January 2017 study, the NHTSA found that fatal traffic crashes in the U.S. rose for the eighth consecutive quarter. Preliminary data from the federal safety agency shows that in the first nine months of 2016, fatal crashes increased 8 percent for an estimate of 27,875 persons killed. Compared to 25,808 deadly accidents in 2015. In region six which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Mexico, traffic fatalities increased 11 percent.
The above data is preliminary and could be revised, but the numbers show there is a dramatic increase in deadly road crashes.
USAttorneys can refer an accident victim to a wrongful death or personal injury lawyer near their Texas location.
Why are deadly crashes on the rise?
Many factors lead to fatal accidents, so it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason for the increase. In 2015, the NHTSA said the increase in traffic deaths over 2014 were attributed to job growth, low gas prices and more leisure travel and younger motorists on the road. Weather could also be a factor since there are more motorists when it is warm.
- The increase in traffic deaths come as a surprise to the NHTSA considering that more automobiles are outfitted with crash alert and crash avoidance systems which should save lives and prevent injuries. Federal agencies have been pushing automakers to make safety standards such as automatic braking, lane assist and rear-view cameras standard in automobiles to prevent crashes, but the increase in traffic crashes cast some doubt on the effectiveness of safety features.
Filing a wrongful death claim in Texas
Losing a loved one in a crash is cataclysmic, disrupting the lives of survivors and leaving them in a state of shock and confusion. When your spouse, child or parent is killed in a crash, you may be eligible for compensation for your financial losses and mental anguish. USAttorneys recommends you speak with an attorney to learn what comes next.
Wrongful death compensation can help a family through the financial and emotional turmoil of a fatal collision.
If you plan on filing wrongful death claim in Texas, you have two years from the date of the deceased’s person’s death. That time limit is called the statute of limitations and applies to personal injury claims, as well. You can choose to accept a settlement or take your claim to civil court, but either way, you must file before the statute of limitations expires.
Surviving family members can seek compensation for monetary losses including medical, funeral expenses and property repair costs. Compensation for economic losses can include financial support if the deceased was a bread winner. Additional wrongful death compensation can include the loss of protection, loss of companionship, loss of comfort and lack of parental guidance associated with a person’s death.
Residents of Austin, Texas who have lost a loved in an accident should call the Luke Dow Law Firm and arrange a legal consultation. Their team of personal injury lawyers understand the devastation of a family faces in the wake of a deadly accident and will be trustworthy advocates if they wish to file a wrongful death claim.