Car accident fatalities increased in 2015
Each year, many people are killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts. While the number of fatalities around the country had been decreasing for some time, a report shows that the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents increased in 2015.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people were killed in car accidents in the U.S. in 2015. This was an increase of 7.2 percent over the number of people who were killed in 2014. Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, issued a press release in which he called for researchers to analyze the fatality data in order to come up with some possible ways to reduce the number of people killed. The agency attributes the increase in fatalities in 2015 to several factors. In 30 percent of the crashes, the accidents were caused by people who were either speeding or driving drunk. Ten percent of the cases involved distracted drivers, and a little more than half of the fatal accidents involved passengers who were unrestrained by seat belts. According to officials, more people are driving because of improvements in the economy and lower gas prices, leading to a greater number of accidents.When a person is killed in an accident, the surviving family members often face severe financial consequences in addition to the grief over the sudden loss of a loved one. Funeral and burial expenses have to be met, and if the decedent was a breadwinner, the contributions to household finances have to be replaced. If it can be determined that the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, an attorney representing the survivors could fine it appropriate to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for these and other losses.