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Motor vehicle accidents may be on the rise

While Texas is one of the states that did see a small drop in motor vehicle accidents in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014, nationwide, this was not the case. Safety advocates voiced concern in light of the figures showing that roads are becoming more dangerous. The total increase in accidents that resulted in injuries requiring medical care was 14 percent. In addition to the human cost, these accidents cost around $152 billion including such things loss of productivity, medical expenses and property damage.

The National Safety Council says a better economy, lower gas prices and people driving more are all factors in the rise. When the economy is bad, people take fewer vacations and travel less, and the rise in accidents can be tracked along with the improving economy. However, the NSC still finds the increase alarming.

Possible additional factors include alcohol use while driving, speeding and distracted driving. Use of cellphones may be a significant element in that distraction. Almost 70 percent of respondents in an AT&T survey reported using their smartphones from behind the wheel. According to the NSC, a person who is texting while driving is eight times more likely to be in a crash. More than one-quarter of all accidents are caused by cellphone use while driving.

Motor vehicle collisions can be devastating and can leave people seriously injured. Lengthy and expensive medical treatment may be required, and victim may not be able to return to work, further worsening their financial condition. If it can be determined that the crash was caused by the negligence of another motorist, legal counsel can often assist in pursuing appropriate compensation through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver.

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