According to a recent News Observer report, traffic fatalities are on the rise in North Carolina. Some analysts are attributing the rise to an improving economy since the number of accidents dipped after the 2008 mortgage market collapse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report that the number of traffic accidents rose 5.5% in 2012 to 1,292. While the cause of accidents were varied, some have attributed the overall increase to more drivers on the road and an improving economy.
The fatality rates in North Carolina are similar to a national trend which shows 6 years of reduced fatality rates with a 3.3% increase in traffic deaths. There were 33,561 traffic accident fatalities nationwide last year. Our Greensboro car accident attorneys are experienced with protecting the rights of accident victims and pursuing damages for personal injury and property damage. In addition to representing accident victims, we are abreast of current accident data in North Carolina and nationwide. Raising awareness and calling attention to safe driving in local neighborhoods, Carolina cities, or on the highways can help prevent future accidents and injury.
According to researchers, accident rates tend to rise and fall with the economy. Generally, during a time of recession, there is a decline in the number of accidents. Less drivers going to work, participating in businesses, and less funds for travel means fewer cars on the road and fewer accidents. Usually, the fewer miles drivers spend on the road for business or pleasure, the lower the exposure for accidents.