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California traffic fatalities jump 19 percent in two years

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California is known for many wonderful things from its beautiful beaches to grand mountains to a temperate coastal climate and more. However, the golden state is also known for busy, congested freeways and sometimes even unsafe drivers. A new report released by the National Safety Council shows that the nation as a whole and California as well experienced significant increases in the number of people killed in traffic accidents from 2014 to 2016.

In 2014, there were 35,398 traffic deaths in the U.S. In 2016, that number jumped to more than 40,000 representing the single biggest two-year increase in 52 years. In California specifically, traffic fatalities rose from 3,084 to 3,680 in that same two-year period, an increase of 19 percent. California's 19 percent increase is five percent above the national 14 percent average.

Distracted driving is said to have accounted for a nine-percent increase in deaths in 2015 alone. Drunk drivers are believed to be responsibile for a three-percent increase. Speeding was the other factor said to be a contributor to this dangerous trend. Perhaps one of the worst bits of news was that many people seem to blindly accept accidents as a normal part of life and even believe that little can be done to make roads safer.

Californians involved in accidents caused by negligent drivers may find it helpful to talk with an attorney to learn how they may be able to receive compensation. Taking this step may offer some way of moving past what can be a tragic situation.

Source: SF Gate, "'Complacency' sends traffic deaths soaring in California and US," Michael Cabanatuan, Feb. 15, 2017

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