Traffic Fatalities Rise By 14% In 2015
According to the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities are up by 14% this year. Should the U.S. continue at this rate, this will be the deadliest year for drivers since 2007.
Yearly Accidents & Costs
There were 16,400 deaths the first six months of 2014. This year, the U.S. has already seen 18,600.
Expectedly, the amount Americans have spent on auto accidents has increased as well. The estimated cost of deaths, injuries, and property damage from crashes is $152 billion. That’s a 24% increase from last year. According to the release, “The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage,”
More Driving Means More Crashes
Some experts suggest that the economy may have something to do with the increase in accidents. The National Safety Council partly attributes the jump in fatalities to the fact that people are driving more because gas is cheaper. On average, gas prices are down 30% from 2014.
There are also more commuters on the road heading to work, since the U.S. economy has been steadily adding jobs throughout 2015. More cars means a greater chance of collision.
The accident lawyers at our firm aren’t quick to dismiss the role distracting devices may be playing in this statistic. Despite many states banning texting while driving, Americans are addicted. Distracted driving has already taken several lives this year. That is why Schultz & Myers Law Firm has joined in the campaign for Americans – especially teens – to #JustDrive.
Insurance Companies are Ready to Fight
This statistic is no doubt taking a toll on the insurance companies’ checkbooks, and they’re not liking it. More and more, we’re seeing insurance companies send out adjusters within 24 hours of the report of an accident.
The adjuster for the at-fault driver will seem very sweet, and make it seem like they’re trying to get the ball rolling, but really, they’re putting landmines in place to get you less money than you deserve. They’ll ask you for a recorded statement, and they’ll ask you to sign a few papers and say that they’ll take it from there.
DON’T FALL FOR IT!!!
Call An Attorney First
We recommend you call Schultz & Myers before you make the initial phone call to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In fact, some of our past clients who have been involved in a second accident have called us before calling their own insurance company.
Consultations are always free, and no-obligation. It never hurts to just refresh your knowledge and get some free advice before filing a claim. 314.444.4444