Drivers in Mississippi and around the country might be somewhat safer on the road than they were a year ago, but overall, deaths from traffic-related accidents continue to be high. According to the National Safety Council, in 2018, there were still more than 40,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents although the number was down 1 percent from 2017. However, the number of people seriously injured in crashes went up to 4.5 million, a 1 percent increase from the previous year.

In each of the past three years, the number of traffic-related deaths has topped 40,000. One possible reason for the increase compared to 10 years ago is more distractions. This includes smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems.

Countering that is a rise in vehicles with automatic safety features, but the number of cars that include these features is still relatively small, and there are too few to make significant dents in the number of accidents. It is anticipated that pedestrian safety systems will eventually be particularly good at cutting back on fatalities since these tend to be accidents that happen at low speed. The numbers vary a great deal from state to state as well. Some states, such as Maine and Kansas, had drops in traffic deaths of more than 9 percent. Other states had increases of more than 6 percent.

When people are injured in a car accident, their damages may be the responsibility of the driver who caused it. However, in some cases, the insurance company may not pay a sufficient amount in compensation. The insurance company might claim the cause of the accident is unclear or that the injuries are unrelated to the accident. This is why it is advisable for victims to have legal counsel throughout the process.  If you’ve been injured in an accident,  contact George B. Ready for dedicated representation and protection of your rights.