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Data shows number of fatalities in a car crash is rising

Louisiana drivers are not likely to sift through car accident data before they head out on the road, but that does not mean the numbers are unimportant. Research is constantly being undertaken by various outlets to determine how and why these accidents happen in an effort to reduce them. Paying attention to this information can help both regulatory authorities and drivers avoid an auto accident or survive one if it happens.

One such report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that the first half of 2016 experienced a rise of 10.4 percent in fatal road accidents compared to the same time period in 2015. While this increase is a concern, it is compounded by the rise from 2014 to 2015 in which there were 7.2 percent more fatalities during that timeframe and it was the highest increase since 1966. According to the NHTSA, the first half of 2016 totaled 17,775 fatal accidents. The current trend indicates that the total for the year might surpass 35,000. That would make 2016 the most deadly for auto accidents in eight years. Other factors are often involved in a rise of fatal accidents such as economic issues and the distance people travel by car overall.

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