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Roads less safe in 2015 compared to previous years

Ohio drivers may be less safe on the road than they have been in previous years according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the first nine months of 2015, traffic deaths in the United States went up more then 9 percent. This reversed a downward trend that had been happening for years with a 22 percent reduction in fatalities between 2000 and 2014.

There were over 26,000 fatalities in the first nine months of 2015 compared to fewer than 24,000 over the same time period in the previous year. The NHTSA says this signals the need to act now before the situation worsens to educate the public about issues such as drunk driving and wearing seat belts. The agency has previously noted that 94 percent of crashes are due to human error.

There were also regional variations in the rise during the 2015 time period studied. Deaths were up as much as 20 percent in the Northwest compared to 2 percent in the mid-Atlantic.

A car crash might occur because a driver has been drinking, is drowsy or distracted, or makes a poor judgment call such as following too closely behind another car or driving too fast for conditions. All of these actions can lead to a serious accident, and even if there are no fatalities, people may suffer catastrophic injuries. It may be months before they are able to return to work, and their lives may be altered completely. Injured victims may want to speak to an attorney about working with the negligent driver's insurance company to ensure that they receive the full amount of compensation they are due. In some cases, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party if the amount offered by the insurer is insufficient.

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