According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities have risen 9% in 2016. Economists and researchers believe an uptick in the economy has caused travel to increase. When more people are out on the road, the greater risk there is for more serious car accidents. More than 19,100 people died in car accidents from January to June of this year. With 2016 looking to be a record-breaking year for car accidents, it is crucial that you take steps to protect yourself in the event that a negligent driver hits you.
What You Can Do to Prevent Fatal Car Accidents
While sometimes a fatal car accident happens and there was nothing the victim could have done, there are some steps you can take to mitigate your risk. Firstly, try to stay off the roads during the early morning hours, when drunk drivers are more likely. Secondly, drive safely and obey all traffic laws, including the speed limit. Many fatal accidents could have been prevented if the cars involved were traveling at the posted speed limit. Thirdly, if you are involved in a car accident on the highway, have a safety kit with you. Flares and flashing lights can alert people to your accident and prevent a deadly secondary collision.
Call an Attorney
If you have had a family member who was killed in a car accident this year, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Attorney Joe Lucé helps family members get the financial support they need to heal, grieve, and manage in their new lives. It is important that you don’t wait to contact us to file your wrongful death claim.