Arizona drivers may become more cautious than ever while on the road when they find out that in 2017, the number of car accident deaths surpassed 40,000 for the second year in a row. The National Safety Council released its preliminary 2017 estimate in February 2018 and found that there were 40,100 cases of fatal car crash injuries, compared to 40,327 in 2016. The last year with such a high number was 2007.
The NSC also estimated the population death rate and the death rate according to miles driven. The former came to 12.28 car crash deaths for every 100,000 people and 1.25 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Both represent a 2 percent decrease from 2016. At the same time, the total number of miles traveled in the U.S. rose by 1 percent in 2017.
Last year saw 4.57 million cases of serious car crash injuries; the NSC calculates that crash injuries and fatalities cost society $413.8 billion last year. The NSC CEO believes that the high fatality rates are a sign that people are complacent about road safety.
For its conclusions, the NSC utilized the monthly data that it gathers from all 50 states in addition to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. It included deaths occurring within one year after the accident into its estimate.
When motor vehicle accidents are determined to be caused by negligence, such as distracted or drowsy driving, the victims who were not to blame might consider filing a claim. They may first consult a lawyer to evaluate the case and estimate a fair amount for a settlement. If hired, the lawyer might build up the case with the help of investigators and other third parties and even handle all negotiations. If negotiations fail, the victim may be able to take the case to court.