Car accident fatalities rise again in 2016

The number of people killed in automobile accidents around the country increased again in 2016 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and this should worry Texas motorists. Road deaths began falling in 2007 and reached their lowest point in 2014, but the federal safety watchdog reports that they have now risen alarmingly for two consecutive years. Distracted driving and an epidemic of cellphone use behind the wheel was blamed for the surge in accident fatalities a year ago, but the number of deadly distracted driving crashes actually fell by 2.2 percent in 2016.

According to the NHTSA report, 37,461 lives were lost on America's roads in 2016. This figure represents a 5.6 percent increase over the 2015 death toll and comes at a time when automobiles are safer than ever and often feature autonomous systems that are designed to anticipate and prevent crashes.

The data also reveals a worrying surge in death rates among the most vulnerable road users. Pedestrian deaths increased by an alarming 9 percent and motorcyclist deaths were up by more than 5 percent in 2016 according to the latest motor vehicle accident report. Studies have linked human error with an overwhelming 94 percent of serious crashes, and a growing number of road safety advocates believe that only fully autonomous vehicles with no driver controls whatsoever have the potential to solve the problem.

People who have been injured in crashes caused by the negligence of other drivers often face months of medical care and treatment, and in some cases they are not able to ever return to work. A personal injury attorney can often be of assistance in helping them seek appropriate compensation for their losses.

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