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Why Are Traffic Fatalities on the Rise?

As San Diego injury lawyers, we are concerned by a report that traffic fatalities are on the rise. According to the National Safety Council, fatalities on U.S. roadways have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same time period in 2014. Researchers specifically found that fatal crashes jumped 11 percent during the past three months and 8 percent overall in the past six months.

Unfortunately, the National Safety Council expects the trend to continue throughout the summer months, which are traditionally among the most deadly. As we have previously mentioned on this blog, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is dubbed the “100 deadly days” due to the spike in motor vehicle accidents. Since 2010, 48,579 people have died in crashes during the three-month period.

While a number of factors contribute to the rise in traffic fatalities during the “100 deadly days,” studies have found that the number of inexperienced teen drivers plays a role. Speeding and impaired driving are also more prevalent during the summer. Every year, approximately 2,781 deaths in June, July and August involve speeding, and 2,846 involve alcohol, according to the National Safety Council.

“While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “Summer is typically a high-exposure period with lots of miles driven and several long holiday weekends. Take your responsibilities behind the wheel this summer seriously and ensure that you get to your destination safety.”

As San Diego injury lawyers, we encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to stay safe on the road this summer. Below are several tips from the National Safety Council:

•Always buckle your seat belt and make sure every passenger buckles up too.

•Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation.

•Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue on long trips.

•Never using a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.

•Stay engaged with your teens’ driving habits, especially now that they are out of school and likely on the road more frequently.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contacta San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.