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Americans see increased danger on roads

Louisiana residents who are concerned about vehicle accidents have good reason for their concerns. While accidents are in fact a part of life, newly released data indicates that the number of people dying on roads all across America has increased at a dangerous rate in the past couple of years. Injury accidents are also a significant problem.

In 2016, it is estimated that 4.6 million people were injured in automobile crashes. Those injuries have many consequences for individuals and companies alike. The impact includes lost time and potential income as well as lost productivity for employers. Medical expenses and costs associated with repairing vehicles or compensating for other property damages can add up.

Numbers from the National Safety Council show that from 2014 to 2016, the nation experienced an increase in the number of motor vehicle fatalities of 16 percent. The more than 40,000 deaths in 2016 alone outnumbered those from the prior eight years. People have to look back to 2007 to find a year with more fatalities. One of the most tragic things may well be the fact that things known to be risky are still killing innocent people. From drunk driving to speeding, it appears drivers are not learning important lessons.

Louisianans who are involved in accidents may find it helpful to contact a personal injury lawyer. This may give them the chance to learn about how and when they might pursue compensation for their injuries, losses or other damages.

Source: Fortune, "2016 Was the Deadliest Year on American Roads in Nearly a Decade," Kristin Korosec, Feb. 15, 2017

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