Motor Vehicle Fatalities on the Decline

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According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, highway fatalities are down for the past two years. The data for the first six months of 2018 further indicates the downward trend is continuing into this year.

Notable findings from the report include a two percent decrease in pedestrian related fatalities, an increase in combination truck incidents by 5.8%, as well as overall increase in vehicle miles traveled by 1.2% from 2016 to 2017. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao stated "the good news is fatalities are trending downward...but the tragic news is that 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2017."

Although the trend is in the right direction, Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King points out an alarming trend of "drug-impaired driving" that must be addressed in order to reduce traffic fatalities. Further, Ms. King attributes a majority of automobile collisions to speeding, distracted driving and driving under the influence.

Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas. For over 68 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. If your life has been impacted by a motor vehicle incident, please contact the office Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at 713-396-3964.

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