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Car crash deaths topped 40,000 in 2017, says NSC

As in the rest of the U.S., fatal car crashes are all too common in Nevada. According to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council, 2017 has seen fatal car crash numbers surpass 40,000 for the second year in a row. Compared to the 40,327 deaths reported in 2016, there were 40,100 in 2017. The number is 6 percent higher than in 2015 and the highest since 2007.

The fatal crash injury rate comes to 12.28 for every 100,000 people in America. In addition to population rate, NSC calculated the rate per vehicle miles traveled. This came to 1.25 deaths for every 100 million miles. Both reflect a 2 percent decline from 2016. There was, incidentally, a 1 percent increase in total miles driven in 2017.

Approximately 4.57 million people were seriously injured in car crashes in 2017, costing society about $413.8 billion. The NSC president believes that complacency on the part of drivers and safety officials can partly be to blame for these high figures.

For context, the number of deaths recorded in the preliminary estimate includes deaths that occurred more than a year after the accident. It covers incidents on both public and private roads, such as parking lots and driveways. NSC utilized monthly data from each state and data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

When car accidents cause a personal injury, victims may wish to consult with a lawyer about filing a claim. If the lawyer believes there is enough proof that the other side was negligent, he or she might proceed to build up the case. Victims may have their lawyer negotiate on their behalf or litigate if negotiations fail. A successful accident claim might cover losses like medical bills, vehicle repair costs and lost income. Accident attorneys may be able to handle wrongful death suits as well.

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