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There were fewer fatal car crashes in 2017

There were fewer fatal car crashes in Kentucky and across the U.S. in 2017, according to a new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report found that crashes involving most vehicle types decreased last year compared to 2016.

Overall, 37,133 people died on American roads in 2017, which is slightly less than the 37,806 motorists who were killed in 2016. Death reductions occurred in most vehicle categories, including passenger vehicles, vans, light pickup trucks, motorcycles and bicycles. There was also a slight reduction in the number of pedestrians killed in 2017 compared to the previous year. Deaths from alcohol-related crashes and speeding-related accidents declined over the same period of time as well.

However, not all the numbers were headed in the right direction. SUV deaths climbed by 3 percent in 2017 while tractor-trailer crashes increased 5.8 percent, and deaths involving large straight trucks spiked 18.7 percent. Experts cite several reasons for the increase in truck-related fatalities, including an increase in truck volume on U.S. roads, inadequate use of seat belts by truck occupants and an increase in opioid and marijuana use among truck drivers who are involved in crashes.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries that leave victims with long-term disabilities. Unfortunately, auto insurance companies do not always offer victims an adequate settlement following an accident. However, an attorney familiar with car accident claims may be able to represent a victim's interests and work to get the maximum payout possible. If necessary, legal counsel may file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation on behalf of a victim. This type of claim might lead to a financial settlement that covers current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

Source: Fleet Owner, "Fewer die from most vehicle crashes, but not large trucks or in urban areas," Aaron Marsh, Oct. 4, 2018

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