Traffic AccidentData collected by the National Safety Council points to a 12% increase in fatalities from motor vehicle crashes from the first three months of 2011 to the same period in 2012. The leap from an estimated 7,270 to 8,170 traffic deaths is speculatively attributed to improving economy and a mild 2012 winter.

Definitive answers are not yet readily available, but the increase in miles driven across the nation as a result of the improved economy may be a contributing factor to the increase in vehicular crashes. The milder winter may also have encouraged more vehicular mobility among motorists and businesses.

The National Safety Council will be closely observing their monthly traffic fatality estimates to see as to whether or not the mild winter was a temporary factor, and if others factors including the improving economy are causing the apparent national increase in accidents.

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death and injury in theUnited States. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in theUnited States-- one death every 13 minutes. Victims of car accidents that are the result of another driver’s negligence or reckless behavior may be entitled to compensation.

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(Source: National Safety Council)

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