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As auto safety increases, so do fatalities

Florida residents who look to technology to help improve safety on the road might want to think again. Certainly many of the features being developed and incorporated into new cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles today are designed specifically to reduce or avoid accidents or to minimize injuries in the event that an accident occur. Things like automatic emergency braking or forward collision warning systems are geared toward prevention. Other things like airbags are intended to help if crashes happen.

Sadly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics indicates that these things are not necessarily protecting or saving lives quite as quickly as lives are being lost. While traffic deaths in 2014 were at their lowest ever, the subsequent two years have seen brought about increases over the prior years. In 2016, there were 37,461 people killed in motor vehicle accidents across the United States. That is actually the highest number of vehicular fatalities nationwide in nine years.

When looking at what may be impacting the jump in automotive crash deaths, it appears that decisions made and actions taken by humans play a big role. Speeding and the lack of wearing safety belts were noted as key factors in the increase in fatalities. Both of these may be able to be avoided if drivers or passengers made more prudent choices.

People who are injured or lose their loved ones dues to the reckless decision making of others may want to reach out to an experienced attorney in Florida to learn how they might seek compensation.

Source: USA Today, "Deadly car crashes are on the rise again, hitting a 9-year high" Nathan Bomey, October 6, 2017

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