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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Car Accident on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Why Are Car Accidents Increasing Nationwide?

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier and better. Many of the great technological advances in society can be found in our automobiles. Remember when having cruise control was a big deal? Today, we have cars that can park themselves. New features, such as rear view cameras, additional airbags and stability control systems supposedly make today’s vehicles safer than ever before. Yet despite all of these improvements, the amount of Americans killed or injured in car accidents has increased for the second consecutive year.

Scary Statistics

According to the National Safety Council, nearly 40,200 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2016–a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Last year was also the deadliest year for car accidents since 2007. The trend goes even deeper. In 2015, car accidents increased 7 percent over 2014. Do the math and that’s nearly a 14 percent increase in the past two years. Among the reasons for the increase include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Improved economy
  • Complacency

Distracted Driving

When most people think of distracted driving, they immediately envision someone talking on their phone. Today’s smartphones also provide even more features and apps that can often keep drivers more fixated on their phones than on the road. While most current vehicles have voice control options, it hasn’t prevented drivers from reaching to grab their phone. Apps like Facebook, Google Maps and Snapchat can often make driving even more difficult to concentrate.

Improved Economy

Over the past decade, the American economy has steadily moved out of the recession. Unemployment has declined and so has the price of gas. As a result, more Americans are taking to the roads and driving more miles for both work and pleasure.

Lenient Laws and Legislation

One of the most overlooked factors in the increase of car accident fatalities is complacency. In many states, safety advocates and government officials believe the increase in accidents is due to relaxed enforcement of drunk driving laws, seat belt laws, speeding violations. Many state governments are also more reluctant to pass stricter legislation enforcing these offenses. For example, only 18 states have laws that require both front and rear passengers to buckle their seatbelts. Fifteen other states consider failure to wear a seat belt only a secondary violation. That means the driver has to be pulled over for a different violation.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident in Southern California? The Los Angeles Car Accidents Attorneys at Kristensen, LLP Can Help

Unfortunately, car accidents are a way of life in Southern California. But it only takes one accident to cause a catastrophic injury that can change your life forever. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of others, it is vital to recover the maximum compensation to account for your damages, injuries, treatment and lost wages. The Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Kristensen LLP utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help place accident victims in the best position to succeed. It is part of their commitment to always place the best interests of each client first. To learn more, contact their Los Angeles law office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.