Do you think that PA’s drivers are getting safer as the years progress? So many laws have been put in place to protect drivers, passengers, and bikers from injury on our roads and highways that we must be safer drivers. However, that is NOT the case. Pennsylvania has seen a 7% increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents as compared to this time last year. Although this is not as bad as the nationwide trend of a 14% increase, it is still alarming! Over 500 people were killed in PA car accidents from January-June of this year. In general, over half of our states reported increases in fatal accidents this year.
According to an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, ” Should the national trend continue at the same pace for the remainder of the year, total motor vehicle fatalities for 2015 could exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007″. Additionally, ” Motor vehicle injuries across the country for the first six months this year are estimated to be about 2.25 million, an increase of 30 percent from 2014″. These numbers are sobering and alarming, to say the least. Some state officials are hypothesizing that this increase may be due in part to distracted driving.
If you were recently in a car accident due to the fault of another, it may be time to seek legal action. This is especially true if your injuries cause you to miss extended periods of work or not be able to continue your line of work at all. Other major expenses resulting from an accident may include medical bills. If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation. He also takes cases in the surrounding counties, including Bedford, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Cambria, Mifflin, Jefferson, Somerset, and Fulton. His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100.