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Cheap Gas Fuels Increase in Injury and Death on Highways

Injury-and-Death

The worst fears of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) officials have proven true, as the death toll on the nation’s highways saw its greatest increase in half a century in 2015. Though officials admit that there are a number of factors at play, they point to research that shows a direct correlation between the price of gas and the number of motor vehicle accidents. According to government statistics, more than 35,000 people died on America’s roads in 2015, up about 8 percent over the prior year.

NHTSA representatives cite a study conducted by Professor Guangqing Chi, at South Dakota State University. Chi looked at data from the past 20 years, comparing accident rates to the price of gasoline. His study found that every time gas prices took a noticeable dip, there was a corresponding increase in injury and death in motor vehicle accidents. His prognosis for 2015 was much gloomier than it actually turned out to be—he had predicted an increase of 9,000 deaths on the nation’s roadways.

Chi says the reasons for the relationship are not complicated. The lower the price of gas, the more people are inclined to drive. They may choose to take a vacation by car instead of flying, or they may simply drive more around town. Assuming that accident rates remain the same, more cars on the road for more amounts of time means more accidents, injuries and deaths. Chi says the impact of lower prices hits younger drivers harder, as they are more inclined to change their habits based on the price of gas.

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At Weber Nierenberg, we bring almost 30 years of experience to people in and around Sacramento who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, Joe Nierenberg will work directly with you throughout the process.

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California Motorcycle Accident Statistics

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According to studies, there are more motorcycles (approximately 800,000) on California roadways than in any other state in the country. On an annual basis, nearly 12,000 people are injured and almost 500 people killed in motorcycle accidents on state roadways.

Motorcycle accidents in California have the greatest impact on riders between the ages of 25 and 34, with riders above the age of 55 the least affected. The three months that saw the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities were, in order, August, July and November. Statistics also show that, from May through September, there were more than 1,000 motorcycle accident injuries per month in the state.

Though one in four (24%) of motorcycle accident fatalities in California involved a biker with a blood alcohol content of more than .08% (the legal limit), that is below the national average, which is 28%. Nearly 90% of motorcyclists killed in a crash were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but authorities attribute that to the state’s helmet law. Nationwide, only 57% of bikers killed in crashes were wearing a helmet at the time of death.

One in five persons killed in motorcycle accidents in California were operating the bike without a valid drivers’ license.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring almost 30 years of experience to people in and around Sacramento who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, Joe Nierenberg will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motor vehicle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

 
 
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