We are sorry to report that according to the NHTSA, deadly car accidents increased by almost ten percent over the past six months. This rise in wrongful death related car accidents brings to an end a five year decrease in such fatalities.
Incredibly, more than 16,000 people died in car and truck crashes during the first half of this year. While the NHTSA cannot yet determine a cause for the surprising increase, speculation is that lower gas prices contributes to an increase in roadway traffic. Of course, there can be no doubt that the increase in distracting driving, which here in Florida, our legislature continues to refuse to address, played a significant role in the deadly increase.
We certainly hope that this year’s increase is a blip which will not reverse the previous five years’ decreasing trend.