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Minor reduction in traffic fatalities in 2018

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A preliminary report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that fatal traffic accidents in 2018 fell by one percent. While the agency is working to reduce the death rate by a much larger number, this small decline is seen as a good sign. This is the second year that fatality rates in Wisconsin and the rest of the country have gone down since the spike in rates that occurred in 2015.

Despite the reduction in traffic fatalities, many remain concerned that America's roadways are unsafe due to a wide range of factors. Some experts blame distracted driving due to cell phones and other electronic devices. Many even worried that the problem would send traffic fatality rates back 40 or 50 years. Even with these new hazards, however, it is statistically safer to drive in America today than it was at any point before 2009.

Another major point of concern for the NHTSA is the amount of pedestrian and cyclist deaths. Data indicates a four percent rise in pedestrian fatalities and a 10 percent rise in bicycle fatalities. Pedestrians account for 16 percent of all deaths in automobile accidents. This is likely due to urbanization trends as well as distractions from electronic devices.

Individuals or families affected by personal injuries or deaths as the result of car accidents may be able to get compensation for their suffering with help from an attorney. Attorneys may work on a case without any fees unless they are able to get the compensation their client deserves. In some cases, funds might be obtained relatively quickly in a settlement, but going to court may be necessary in some situations.

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