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Traffic fatalities on the rise in California, U.S.

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If you are like others in California, once in a while upon getting into your vehicle you actually think about the chance that you may be involved in an accident. Generally these ideas are put aside as you must take care of business and get yourself to work, home or other places you need to go. Yes, if you wonder just how safe area roads are, a look at some statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might give you some idea.

In California, 2015 represented the first year that the number of fatalities in automobile accidents actually increased in a long time. The 3,176 people who died that year was the greatest number of lives lost in the state since 2008 when 3,434 people died in crashes. While data for the entire 2016 is not yet available, preliminary numbers for the first three quarters of 2016 have been released and they show a tragic trend.

Across the country, there were eight percent more traffic deaths from January through September of 2016 compared to the same nine months in 2015. For the same period from 2014 to 2015 there was a jump of just over eight percent. The prior two years saw the number of fatalities decline which only serves to make these consecutive increases more disappointing.  In the western region including California, the overall increase from 2015 to 2016 was five percent.

If you would like to learn more about vehicle accidents and how to get help after an accident, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page of our California personal injury website.

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