According to the AJC, traffic deaths spiked by 8 percent just within the first half of 2015. The statistic was released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
One speculation is that an improving economy may be to blame. The rising employment rate and record-low gas prices are encouraging more and more Americans to travel this year. AJC states that Americans drove 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, more than 3 percent from 2014. Last year marked the end of a decade of fewer miles driven, safer cars, and public awareness of drunk driving.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind disagrees. "The NHTSA doesn't have clear enough data yet to pinpoint exact causes. These numbers are a wake-up call." He blames texting and driving, drowsy driving, and teen drivers as the cause of the fatality increase. "It is important for Americans to know that human behaviors are by far the largest cause of fatalities." Distracted driving caused about at least 10 percent of the 32,675 traffic deaths in 2014.
Distracted driving is usually associated with cell phone usage, however, factors such as passing food or drink to your child, eating behind the wheel, fiddling with the radio, or using a navigation system can be just as dangerous. The NHTSA states that human decisions cause 94 percent of all crashes.
If you or a loved one has experienced a car accident caused by a distracted driver, we can help. An Atlanta car accident attorney at Kaufman Law will address your case with empathy and experience to obtain the legal results you and your family deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.