2015 brought biggest increase in deaths from car accidents in 50 years

There was an 8 percent rise in deaths from car accidents from 2014 to 2015, the biggest one-year increase in the past 50 years, according to preliminary figures from the National Safety Council.

There were about 38,000 traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2015, and about 4.4 million people suffered serious injuries. That is the highest number of highway deaths since 2008. The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress, also estimated that the cost of automobile deaths, injuries and damage to property was about $412.1 billion. The total includes medical expenses, wage and productivity losses and property damage.

The safety council said that the huge increase in traffic deaths from 2014 to 2015 is probably due primarily to more people being on the road. Lower unemployment and low gas prices contributed to an increase in the number of people driving. The average gas price in 2015 was 28 percent lower than in 2014, contributing to a 3.5 percent increase in the number of miles driven nationwide.

Fatalities from car accidents in Florida increased 18 percent from 2014 to 2015, one of the largest increases in the country. There were 13 states where the number of road deaths decreased.

If you were injured in a car accident, or a loved one was killed, due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Contact Chalik Law Offices for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.