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Protecting Our Roads & Our Wallets

Steve Wagner

Highway deaths are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, in 2012, there was a 3.3% jump in highway deaths, making the total number of deaths in 2012 33,561.

According to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (AHAS), more states need to adopt stricter traffic laws, further restricting cellphone usage, as well as increasing the usage of seat belts and motorcycle helmets for riders. AHAS believes that with more stringent regulations in place, more lives can be saved.

The previous six years have shown declines in highway traffic deaths until 2012 showed the 3.3% increase. AHAS shows an average of 5.5 million crashes each year, and those crashes result in approximately 33,000 deaths and over 2.3 million injuries. These injuries and deaths are costing the U.S. around $230 billion in medical expenses, lost wages, insurance, and other expenses. This averages out to about $750 per person in taxpayer money.

With more stringent laws in place, not only would we be protecting ourselves from injury on the highways, but also protecting our wallets a bit more in the process.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, or if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, give the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Wagner Reese a call to find out how we can assist you with your recovery. Schedule your free consultation today at (888) 204-8440.


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