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What is causing the spike in traffic fatalities?

A car crash can leave people with devastating injuries. In addition to broken bones, cuts and scrapes, a car accident can also cause head injuries and even death. People in Baltimore never expect to be in a car accident. Sadly, one person's negligent behavior can leave many people suffering.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released some disturbing numbers. According to their estimates, more than 7,600 people died in traffic accidents during the first quarter of the year. In comparison to last year, that's a 13.5 percent increase. It's also the "second largest year-to-year quarterly increase" since 1975.

Officials say the warm winter may have contributed to the increase in traffic fatalities. People tend to travel less during the winter months. However, the unseasonably warm temperatures this past winter meant that more people hit the road. In fact, Americans traveled close to 10 billion more miles during the first quarter of this year compared to last.

This kind of information is disheartening. Despite the warnings, it appears that distracted and impaired driving remain major problems on our roadways. When people are inattentive, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failing to obey traffic laws, terrible tragedies can occur.

When family members lose a loved one in a car accident, the emotional pain and anguish they feel can be overwhelming. Fortunately, they have legal recourse. They may choose to pursue a civil lawsuit against any negligent parties. Drivers who are reckless and cause harm to others should be held responsible.

Source: CNN, "U.S. traffic fatalities soar 13.5 percent in first quarter of 2012," Jim Barnett, July 23, 2012

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