Are lower gas prices to blame for increase in car accidents?

According to recent statistics, there are more drivers on the road now, possibly because it is less expensive to drive than it has been in the past. It is believed that the higher number of drivers is due to cheaper gas prices, which may be the cause of a higher number of car accidents currently occurring around the nation. As more people are driving, more people are risk for injury or death.

In 2015, there were approximately 8 percent more traffic fatalities than there were the year before. With gas prices remaining how, it is reasonable to assume that these trends are continuing in 2016. Authorities believe that people are driving more often and driving more miles, which naturally will lead to higher numbers of accidents, injuries and fatalities. Oklahoma readers know that a stronger economy is a reason to celebrate, but it could mean more problems on the road.

Most accidents, as many as 94 percent, are caused by driver error. This means that most accidents are preventable and could be related to avoidable behaviors such as speeding, distraction and recklessness. Drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of car accidents and traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that new safety technology could prevent many of these types of accidents in the future.

As the rate of car accidents remains high, it is important for Oklahoma drivers to know how to protect their rights in case of a crash. First of all, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Secondly, it is important to seek the help of a lawyer who can determine if a victim has grounds for a personal injury claim.

Source: koco.com, "Cheap gas blamed for highest number of traffic deaths since 2008", Chris Isidore, July 6, 2016

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