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Questions linger as to why car crash deaths are going up

There was a time in United States history that motor vehicle accidents caused a disturbing number of fatalities. In the 1960s and 1970s, the number of fatalities related to motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. routinely hovered in the upper 40,000s to the low-to-mid 50,000s. During this time, there were roughly 100 million fewer people in the country than there are today -- and the fatality rate has plummeted into the 30,000s since then. Road safety improvements and enhancements to motor vehicles have contributed to this change in the fatality rate.

But despite all of this, it isn't all sunshine and flowers for road safety. In fact, the last two years have shown significant signs of a downward trend in road safety.

In 2014, there were 32,744 fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, which is very close to the modern day low (32,479 in 2011). But in 2015, the number jumped 10.5 percent to 35,485 deaths in motor vehicle accidents and the following year saw another increase of 5.6 percent to 37,461 deaths in such accidents. That's more fatalities in motor vehicle accidents than in 2008. The trend is putting us back on pace for 40,000 fatalities per year in car crashes.

While it is impossible to say the exact root cause of the increases over the last couple of years, it is possible to say that these accidents happen far too often and that the loved ones of the victims need to consider the legal ramifications of a car accident.

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