After hitting a record low five years ago, deaths along California roads have risen. This astounding number of roadway fatalities in California is a juxtaposition of what is happening nationwide. This news comes despite a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that suggests highway deaths nationwide have declined.
In 2014, 3,675 Californians lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions. That’s the size of a small city. Yet, this number is down by 0.1% from 2013, and it’s 11 times lower than any year from the 1960s to the ‘80s.
After hitting a record low 2,715 deaths in 2010, the state’s annual percentage of automobile related fatalities has increased over the past five years.
This raises the obvious question – what changed?
Scientists and analysts suspect it may have something to do with the economy. When the economy was at its height 2005, 4,440 people lost their lives on area roadways. By the time 2010 rolled around, the percentage had dropped a staggering 37.2 percent. Many experts believe it ties in with the recession; when the economy is bad, there are fewer people on the road. Of course, the recent jump could have something to do with an improving economy or the rise of smart phone usage.
Whatever the case may be, if you have been in an accident, you may be able to take legal action; especially if you lost a love on in the process. Contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks to schedule an appointment today.
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