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Traffic fatality increase highest since 1960s

Whether on busy urban freeways and streets or wide open rural roads, Nevada residents must be continually aware at all times as accidents can and do happen anytime, anywhere. This reality is actually shared by people across the nation and, as newly reported data indicates, the risks faced by citizens today may well be getting worse not better.

According to the National Safety Council, the United States has seen an increase in the number of people killed in vehicle accidents by 14 percent from 2014 to 2016. The nation has not experienced a jump in the span of two years that high since the 1960s. Traffic fatalities across the county in 2016 numbered approximately 40,200 and had not exceeded 40,000 in one calendar year since the 60s.

The National Safety Council has voiced its preference for a total ban on the use of mobile phones while driving even in hands-free modes. The agency has also indicated it would like to see all states enforce the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for people convicted of impaired driving offenses and the mandatory use of helmets by motorcyclists. Another issue noted is the lack of use of seat belts among people in both front and rear seats.

While safety features in new vehicles continue to improve yet accidents still happen, people in New York may find it useful to talk with an attorney after they have been involved in any type of motor vehicle accident.

Source: New York Times, “U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise for a Second Straight Year,” Neal E. Boudette, Feb. 15, 2017

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