2012 traffic accidents statistics show that the country is experiencing a shift--but a dangerous one. The rate of traffic accidents has gone up 5%, according to the reports our Raleigh car accident lawyers reviewed from the National Safety Council. The National Safety Council is an organization devoted to sharing information that helps prevent accidents and injuries. By sharing the below information with your friends and family, our Raleigh car accident lawyers hope to spread awareness as well and prevent car crashes:
- Traffic accident rates were on a 7-year decline, until 2012 numbers ballooned
- 3.9 million people required medical attention after car accidents
- 11.49 deaths per 100,000 people
Possible reasons for the increase in traffic accidents:
- Improved economy. As economies cultivate again, more people can afford travel and there are largery delivery trucks on roads.
- Negligent drivers. People still fail to wear seat belts and drivers are still driving while talking on their cell phones.
- Increased number of cyclists and pedestrians. More people riding bikes and walking, combined with the above factors, could be fueling the surge in accidents.
Encourage your friends and family to follow basic car safety steps: Drive the speed limit, wear seat belts, and do not use a cell phone while driving, and encourage others to avoid distracted driving. These may seem too simple, but with the rate of accidents increasing, the simple thing to do is to spread the word.