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Fatal motor vehicle accidents more common than before

From traveling to work to dropping kids off at school and everything in between, most of these actions take place behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Driving is simply second nature for many people in Virginia. Unfortunately, it can also be deadly. 

Despite innovations in safety and crash prevention, deaths from motor vehicle accidents are actually on the rise. Even if you take as many precautions as you possibly can, all it takes is one negligent driver to change things forever. 

More miles driven, more accidents? 

The economy has improved slightly over recent years, contributing to a 1 percent increase in the number of miles driven between 2016 and 2017. These two years also saw a sharp increase in deaths from car wrecks, with both years featuring fatality totals of more than 40,000 individuals. The 2017 fatality rate was 6 percent higher than 2015's. This is the sharpest two-year fatality increase in over 50 years.  

While tens of thousands of people died in 2017, car accidents seriously injured more than 4.5 million people. These injuries cost an estimated $413.8 billion. 

Can I lower my risk of being involved in an accident? 

As a responsible driver you already understand that you need to practice safe driving habits. Keeping the front seat free from distractions, using a designated driver and getting plenty of rest before climbing behind the wheel are all good ways to protect yourself and other motorists. 

Sadly, there is not much that you can do to protect yourself from other drivers who are not as concerned with safety. Drunk, fatigued or just plain negligent drivers are a serious threat to your safety, and avoiding them is not simple. 

What if my loved one was killed? 

Dealing with a loved one's death is never easy, but the situation may be especially difficult if a negligent driver caused their fatal accident. You and your family might be struggling to deal with the aftermath of these types of motor vehicle accidents, like unexpected funeral expenses, emotional trauma and more. 

Wrongful death claims are useful tools for Virginia families who hope to achieve compensation on behalf of their loved one's estate. Aside from the financial compensation, successful suits often provide families with a much-needed sense of peace and justice. 

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