Uptick in fatal traffic crashes could mean a dangerous Labor Day

With the approaching Labor Day holiday, a recently issued traffic warning by the National Safety Council should be heeded. Specifically, the council warns that the coming three-day holiday weekend might result in the most fatal crashes since 2008.

Given the increasing safety features of cars, such as antilock brakes, driver and passenger airbags, blind spot warnings, backup cameras and Bluetooth features designed to minimize handheld cellphone use behind the wheel, this warning might come as a surprise. Yet the data indicates that crash death rates have been rising since 2014. Since January of this year, there have been 19,000 traffic fatalities on U.S. roads and highways. Another 2.2 million have been injured.

 The freedom that  Pennsylvania’s road infrastructure provides is a benefit that many of us take for granted. However, distracted driving or other negligent driving behaviors are an unfortunate and unnecessary infringement on that privilege.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s natural to have many questions. Insurance-related issues are often a concern. Beyond inquiring whether the other driver has insurance, an accident victim may be unsure how to start the process, or what steps are required to prove fault.

Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help you take the steps needed to protect your rights. If you suffered injuries because of another driver’s negligence, our law firm will work to get you the care and compensation you deserve. Even in situations where fault might be less clear or even shared, you will need an attorney to help you seek the best outcome.

Source: USA Today, “Car crash deaths climb despite better auto safety,” Kimiya Manoochehri, Aug. 25, 2016