NHTSA Reports Increase in Automobile and Motorcycle Fatalities

by | November 18th, 2013

November 18, 2013

More organizations than ever before are working to raise awareness of highway dangers, but a new study indicates the number of traffic accident fatalities rose last year. The New York Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices explain that a large portion of the fatalities included those traveling by motorized bike.

According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 32, 479 motorists were killed as a result of collisions in 2011. Last year though, the number jumped by 3.3 percent to 33,561 deaths.

Experts contend the number of motorcycle accident deaths spiked dramatically in 2012 as well. In fact, data indicates a 7.1 percent jump in the number of fatalities from the previous year’s total. Furthermore, ten times as many riders died as a result of not wearing a helmet in state’s without helmet laws as compared to states with such regulations in place.

David L. Strickland, an NHTSA Administrator, claimed the agency would address the issue by calling on partners to work towards reforming driver behavior.

William Mattar is a New York Personal Injury Attorney who recognizes the difficulties a death due to a motor vehicle accident can impose on the family of the victim. That’s why the firm asks motorists to do their part to keep themselves and others safe by slowing down, buckling up, and wearing helmets while riding motorcycles.