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Is the number of fatal car accidents going down?

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2019 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury

There is no denying that fatal car accidents occur daily across the country. This is a problem that authorities and experts have been working to solve for decades. Typically, each year, the statistics show the rate of fatal accidents go up, but for states like Louisiana, the latest figures show a more positive trend.

The Insurance Journal explains Louisiana is one of the states that saw a drop in fatal car accidents in the first part of 2019. The states with a reduction in accidents saw those rates go down by at least 10%. This is huge considering that since 2015, the trend has been increasing in motor vehicle deaths throughout the country.

For the whole U.S. the rates went down by about three percent from 19,060 deaths in the first half of 2018 to 18,580 deaths in the first half of 2019. This is good news since car accidents are largely preventable. They happen due to someone’s careless mistake. This includes things like speeding or distracted and drunk driving.

Estimates about the risks you face for dying in a car accident have not gone down, though. Experts still feel the risk rate remains the same. Even so, seeing the numbers drop in the state are a good sign because other states were not so lucky. There are a few states that saw death rates increase in the first half of 2019. These states include Hawaii with a 20% increase and New Mexico with a 15% increase in deaths due to car accidents. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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