California Car Accident Deaths Q1 2012

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were a total of 7,630 traffic related deaths for the months of January, February and March 2012. This is a 13.5% increase from the year before during the same period, which had 6,720 total deaths.

While it is still too early to address the root cause of the significant spike in fatalities, safety officials speculate it could be due to an increase in warmer weather throughout the United States. Warmer winter weather early on may have encouraged drivers to spend more time on the road and therefore increase the likelihood of more motor vehicle collisions. There was a total increase of 9.7 billion miles driven during the first quarter of 2012 according to the Federal Highway Administration, which makes it a 1.4% increase from last year.

The increase in fatalities represent the second biggest quarterly increase since 1975 when government agencies began keeping track of vehicle accidents with fatalities resulting from those accidents. It is very disappointing to see numbers like this rise from one year to another, especially after they had been declining since 2006 from 9,558 fatalities during the same quarter.

At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc., our hearts go out to the families who lost a loved one or have had someone they care for injured in one of these accidents. Our attorneys have handled numerous car crash wrongful death accidents over the years and we would like to recommend the following tips to drivers:

1. Look at the condition other driver’s vehicles to make a judgment about their driving.
2. Avoid driving at night if possible.
3. Know the limits of your vehicle.
4. Use the “fast lane” only when necessary.
5. Always scan ahead for possible dangers.
6. Place your hands in the 9 and 3 o’clock position when driving.
7. Beware of blind spots in your vehicle and on the road.
8. Properly maintain your vehicle.
9. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
10. Do not text or call others on your phone when driving.

We hope these tips will be helpful and that you will think about them the next time you are out on the road. Increased awareness by all parties will help make our roadways a safer place for everyone who uses them.

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. is a California law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of injured people and their families. If you or a family member have been in a traffic accident, sustained injuries, or have had someone you care about killed in a California accident please visit our website at or call 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation.

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