Is the rate of car accidents increasing nationwide?

Yes. After steady declines for decades due to auto safety improvements, deaths from car accidents have begun to rise sharply. In fact, 2015 saw the largest percentage increase in highway fatalities in 50 years, and preliminary numbers for 2016 show that the problem is continuing.

Many safety experts blame the development of smartphone technology for the increase in car accidents. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Studies show that texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, and people who text while driving increase their chance of causing a crash by 23 percent.

Whether a car accident is caused by distracted driving, impaired driving, or simply not following the rules of the road, negligent drivers need to be held responsible when they cause injury to others. If you were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Joyce & Reyes for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.

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