We’re seeing more car accidents in Anderson and elsewhere in 2012 than we saw in 2011. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), we’ve seen a 12 percent increase in the number of roadway fatalities during the first three months of 2012 over what we saw during the same time period in 2011. During this time in 2012, approximately 8,200 people died already on our roadways. In 2011, only 7,300 people had been killed in auto accidents.
Experts aren’t really sure why we’re seeing an increase in roadways fatalities this year, but they’ve got a pretty good idea. Some say that it’s because of the improving economy. A better economy means that residents feel more comfortable taking trips and spending on the gas. With more comfortable residents, we get more vehicle miles traveled. With more traveled miles we get increased risks for accidents. Others are saying that our mild winter season contributed to the increase. Since our winter was pretty calm, more motorists were okay to hit the road for holiday celebrations. Again, this increased the vehicle miles traveled and the risks for accidents.
Our Anderson car accident lawyers understand that an increase in the number of fatal car accidents may scare a lot of drivers. We’re not sharing this information to scare you, but to show you what’s really going on out there. It’s up to each and every driver to make the changes in their own driving habits to help to make our roadways safer. As we continue on through 2012, we’re asking drivers to take a look within and to make the necessary changes behind the wheel to help to reverse this increasing trend.
“The Council will be keeping a close eye on our monthly traffic fatality estimates,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the NSC.
In addition to taking the lives of our loved ones, traffic accidents present a significant cost in the medical expenses, administrative expenses, national costs in lost wages and productivity, property damage and employer costs. The most recent statistics concluded that these accidents cost the country nearly $260 billion in just 2011.
It’s not too late though! Drivers are asked to shape up their behavior on our roadways. When you’re behind the wheel you should have one thing on your mind and one thing only — driving! All too often, drivers are more caught up in other activities, like making phone calls, text messages and checking emails. There’s a time and a place for everything and there’s only one thing to do behind the wheel. Work to make the changes in yourself and work to make our roadways safer for everyone. It’s not too late to turn this statistic around. We can still make this year a year for the books, with the lowest number of fatal accident on record. Start today and make the change!
If you, a friend or someone in your family has been injured in a car accident in Anderson or in any of the surrounding areas contact the South Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices to set up a free and confidential appointment today. Call 800-887-1965.
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