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Comparison of motor vehicle accidents with other causes of death

Ohio residents may wonder about the odds of being killed in a motor vehicle accident. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection based upon 2013 statistics pinpoint where an individual is more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident and what states show the lowest probability of being killed in such an incident.

The states where an individual is most likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident are Montana, with 23.3 deaths for every 100,000 people, Mississippi with 22.8, Oklahoma with 18.9, Alabama with 18.8 and Arkansas with 18.1. The places with the least number of deaths per 100,000 population are the District of Columbia with 4.6, Massachusetts with 5.6, New York with 6.7, Rhode Island with 7.3 and Washington with 7.7.

According to the CDC statistics, deaths on the highway were at their lowest level in 2013 at 33,804, and this trend is expected to continue. The improved record is widely attributed to safety measures that have been added to motor vehicles, such as stability control and seat belts, which is believed to have saved many lives.

The surviving family members of a person who has died in an auto accident due to the negligence of another driver will often face significant and immediate financial hardships along with the grief of suddenly losing a loved one. In many cases, the decedent will have been the sole or primary contributor to the household finances. Families who are in this situation may want to consider obtaining the assistance of an attorney in seeking compensation from the negligent motorist through a wrongful death lawsuit.

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