Recent Trends in Fatal Accident Statistics Show More Lives Being Lost

Accident statistics provide us with important information about what our society is doing with regard to motor vehicle safety. The statistics are important because they give us information about where, when, and how serious accidents happen so that we can—hopefully—use this information to prevent future tragedies. However, these statistics don’t give us a complete picture of what has already happened on our roads.

Attempting to resuscitate a car crash victimWhat the Numbers Show

According to recent data from the Alaska Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council:

  • 44 people died on Alaska roadways between January 1 and August 23, 2017.
  • 84 people died on Alaska roads in 2016. These deaths occurred in 78 crashes. Overall, there was a 31% increase in traffic fatalities in 2016 as compared to 2015, a 30% increase in fatal crashes in 2016 as compared to 2015, and a 4% increase in alcohol-related crashes in 2016 as compared to 2015.
  • The estimated number of motor vehicle deaths nationwide for 2016 is 40,200. Final numbers have not yet been released for 2016. However, the estimates reflect a 6% increase from 2015, a 14% increase from 2014 and the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 deaths occurred on our nation’s roads.
  • In 2016, lower gas prices and a stronger economy are credited for a 3% increase in miles driven.

What the Numbers Don’t Show

Statistics look at the big picture, but what they can’t show is the devastation and grief that accompanies each individual loss of life. They can’t show the lives work that was unnecessarily cut short or the effect on the surviving family members and friends.

Each victim deserves to be remembered individually and each family deserves to make a fair recovery for the unique loss that it has suffered. Your loved one was more than a statistic. If you have lost a loved one in an Alaska motor vehicle accident, then we encourage you to learn more about your legal rights and about holding the person who killed your loved one accountable. Please contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden today to learn more.


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