According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 18,000 people died on American roads in the first half of 2016. That represents an increase of 10 percent from the same time period in 2015. It also represents the continuance of an upward trend that started in 2014 as the effects of the Great Recession started to recede.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, drivers logged 50.5 billion more miles between January and June 2016 compared to the period in 2015. The data will be used as part of a 30-year plan to reduce the number of people killed on the road. Sweden undertook a similar effort in 1997, and that effort reduced roadway deaths from seven per 100,000 to less than three per 100,000 in under 15 years.
In America, the goal is to get roadway deaths all the way down to zero. It is believed that the emergence of driverless cars will make that goal more realistic to attain. Research indicates that 94 percent of crashes are caused by driver error. However, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that a car will not get into an accident even if there is no human driver.
Those who are hurt in an auto accident may experience serious injuries that may take months or years to recover from. If negligence played a role in a car crash, a victim may be able to win compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney may help an injured victim win a financial award through a jury trial or by negotiating a settlement outside of court.