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Rise in car crashes believed to be due to distracted drivers


The number of auto accidents in New Jersey and across the U.S. combined with their aftermath of injuries and fatalities has led to significant research into how and why they happen, so the numbers can be reduced. Recent research has found that there was a rise in fatalities due to a car crash and it is believed that this is because of the increase in distracted drivers who are using cell phones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found there was an increase of 10.4 percent in traffic fatalities in the first half of 2016 versus the same time period in 2015.

The prevalence of texting and driving and the use of a smartphone for other activities has resulted in campaigns to prevent it. The U.S. Transportation Secretary stated that the use of various devices is dangerous and can cause tragedy. This is not only limited to using the phone to talk and text, but to look through lists of songs and the endless other apps that are designed to streamline the accumulation and search for information.

For seven straight quarters, the number of fatalities has grown. This problem has been called a crisis by the NHTSA. Another factor that is considered as contributing to the trend is carmakers' adding Internet access and the increased ability to use apps. New vehicles are being created to reduced distracted driving, but there are not many on the road as of yet. The statistics show that 1.12 fatalities occurred for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. This is the highest number since 2009.

These statistics and attempts on the part of regulators to tamp down on the number of people who are engaging in distracting activities while driving are part of the process to prevent accidents. However, they are still happening. Those who have been involved in car accidents and suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a fatal crash need to know how and why it occurred. Accident investigations and gathering evidence are the keys to a legal filing. Speaking to an attorney can help with pursuing a case.

Source: nj.com, "As fatal car crashes increase, experts blame cell phone use," Craig McCarthy, Nov. 16, 2016

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