Summer is just about upon us! With the days getting warmer and kids getting out of school, families across the country take to the roads for vacation.
Unfortunately, with all of those miles traveled, the number of car accidents that happen on the roads increases as well. Many of those accidents, however, are caused by one of a small handful of factors. Knowing what those factors are can help you better avoid them, potentially preventing a serious car crash.
Let's look at the big picture: the drastically rising number of car accidents in the U.S.
The Rising Number of Traffic Deaths in the U.S.
In the past several years, the number of deaths that happen annually on the roads of the United States has skyrocketed. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of road deaths in the U.S. increased by over six percent, a spike that raised eyebrows in the transportation community. Then, between 2015 and 2016, the number of road deaths increased again, this time by more than seven percent up to 40,327. It was the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people died on the roadways. The two-year increase of 14 percent was also the largest of its kind in over 50 years.
The death toll between 2016 and 2017 took a slight dip—down one percent to an estimated 40,100—but experts had hoped for a more drastic correction after the steep increase from the years before.
Experts Disagree on the Cause of the Increase
Transportation experts have pointed to a wide range of possible explanations for the recent increase in traffic deaths.
Some say that the American economy is the best explanation for the rise. With unemployment and gas prices down, more people are able to travel. When they drive, the chance of a car crash exists.
However, this overlooks a crucially important statistic: the number of fatalities for every mile driven also increased in the past couple of years. If the increase in road deaths were solely because more people were driving, then the rate of deaths per mile would stay the same.
The fact that the rate of deaths per mile driven is going up suggests something else: Americans are becoming worse at driving. With the wide variety of potential distractions inside a car, this should come as no surprise.
Car Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys in Illinois
The personal injury attorneys at the Peoria, IL office of Benassi & Benassi, P.C. represent clients and victims who were injured in car accidents throughout the state of Illinois. Contact us online or call our law office at (309) 674-3556 to get the legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.