Car accident fatalities down, but costs up in Pennsylvania

Most people would agree that 2016 was a crazy year in our country. One statistic that added to the calamity was a 10 percent rise in traffic deaths in the first six months of 2016. The National Safety Council (NSC) cites a better economy and lower gas prices as a catalyst for increased travel and, subsequently, traffic-related deaths.

The nationwide rise is alarming, but drivers in Pennsylvania are bucking the trend as of late. According to the NSC, Pennsylvania is one of 12 states that saw a decrease in motor vehicle deaths from 2015 to 2016. The one percent decrease last year continues the recent trend in the state, which also saw an identical decrease from 2014 to 2015.

Nationwide, crashes resulted in nearly five million hospital visits and cost nearly $100,000

Despite the decline, Pennsylvania still had the fifth-most traffic fatalities in 2016. This statistic is perhaps unsurprising, however, given that the Keystone State is also the fifth-most populous in the country. Only California, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina had more traffic deaths last year.

What is most shocking is the price we pay for a car accident. Nearly five million people involved in car accidents last year sought medical attention, a seven percent increase from 2015. Meanwhile, costs associated with motor vehicle accidents last year climbed 12 percent to a collective $432.5 billion. That means a crash costs an average of nearly $100,000 in lost productivity, medical bills, property damage and insurance premiums.

Drivers can seek compensation for medical bills and property damage

With costs near six figures and rising, hiring a personal injury attorney after a crash is more important now than ever before. An attorney helps injured car accident victims and their loved ones seek compensation for damages. Costs related to property damage, medical bills and time lost at work can all be recovered through litigation.

Insurance companies may be unwilling to cover certain expenses related to a car accident or injury. Injured drivers are often left with limited options as medical and repair bills stack up. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, victims can have their case heard publicly by a judge, who, in turn, can hold distracted drivers responsible for their actions.

Although the number of car accidents is down in the state of Pennsylvania, costs related to crashes continue to rise. Fewer people are now paying more after a car accident. This upside down model creates an imbalance in life after a crash. A personal injury attorney is available to help balance accountability and recovery.

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