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Are car accidents becoming more common?

If you had to guess, would you say that car accidents are becoming more common or less common? Logic would dictate that, as we advance as people and as technology gets better, we would see less accidents. We should improve as time goes on, not get worse. However, new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that this thinking isn't always right -- and it certainly doesn't apply to car accidents, at least not recently.

The NHTSA data shows that in 2015, 35,092 died in car accidents. Not only is that a 7.2 percent increase in the number of people who died in car accidents when compared to 2014, but the 7.2 percent increase is the largest increase in nearly 50 years. That bodes poorly for car accident safety going forward.

What's more is that about 6,700 people suffered injuries every day in 2015 as a result of car accidents. Auto crashes were also the leading cause of death for people aged 11, and for those aged 16-24. All of these numbers and statistics are alarming.

We are in an era where becoming distracted is far easier than it has ever been before. Cellphones, screens, radios, external stimuli -- these can all pull our eyes and our minds off of the road and onto to something we deem more worthy of our attention. But this isn't right. When we are behind the wheel of a car, the road in front of us is what matters.

Source: iii.org, "Auto Crashes," Accessed Aug. 3, 2017

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