We're seeing more car accident fatalities out there and safety officials are concerned. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the number of fatalities from car accidents was up close to 10 percent during the first seven months of 2012 in comparison to the numbers during the same time period in 2011.
Through July, there were more than 20,800 people who were killed in car crashes. Not only are we up about 8 percent from the 2011 numbers, we're up about 7 percent up from the numbers in 2010. These numbers continue to climb despite newly-enhanced safety laws nationwide and despite the newly-added safety features of many vehicles.
Our Rock Hill accident lawyers understand that close to 12 people are expected to die for every 100,000 residents. Officials also estimate that the annual mileage death rate is 1.3 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. That also illustrates a near 10 percent increase from the numbers last year.
The number of injuries is also on the rise. There were more than 2 million people who were injured during the first seven months of 2012 because of car accidents. This represents and increase of more than 10 percent from the numbers during the same time in 2011.
Direct costs of these accidents is estimated to be about $152 million. These costs include employer costs, medical expenses, property damage and administrative expenses.
According to the most recent North Carolina car accident statistics (2010):
-There were close to 1,000 people who were killed in traffic accidents.
-Close to 90 were pedestrian accidents.
-More than 10 were bicycle accidents.
-Nearly 150 were motorcycle accidents.
-The number of traffic deaths increased by 1 fatality from the year before.
-There were close to 1,500 fatal car accidents reported to officials.
-Drunk driving was a factor in close to 200 of the fatal car accidents.
It's not too late to turn these numbers around though. Drivers are urged to make safety a priority as we head into the busy holiday travel season. You should always wear your seat belt in the car. This is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries in the event of a car accident.
You should also never drive while feeling drowsy, feeling angry, feeling upset or when you're under the influence of alcohol or any other kind of drugs. Your full attention needs to be on the road and on your surroundings when you're behind the wheel. Be a courteous and defensive driver to help save lives.
Most accidents are not "accidents" in the true sense of the word. And, while you can't do anything about your neighbor's poor habits behind the wheel, recommitting to safety is one proactive step you and your family can take to reduce your risks of being involved in a serious or fatal accident.