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Most recent crash data bleak

While New York residents may be happy to hear that, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of young adults who die in car accidents has dropped, there is little else that is good news in crash data from 2012. The number of people between the ages of 16- and 20-years-old who were in fatal car accidents in 2012 dropped by 15 percent compared to the previous year. However, fatal accidents overall increased by 3.3 percent.

There were also large increases in the number pedestrian and motorcycle deaths from one year to the next, along with a rise in the number of injuries for individuals involved in collisions. Pedestrian deaths increased for the third year in a row, with 2012 representing a 6.4 percent increase. Motorcycle deaths, which represented 15 percent of people killed in accidents for the year, rose by 7.1 percent. Deaths involving drunk drivers also rose by 4.6 percent, and they account for 31 percent of fatalities.

Even those who walk away from a car wreck may not be actually walking away. In 2012, 2.3 million people were injured in an accident, an increase of 145,000 from 2011. According to the NHTSA, this is the first significant increase in 17 years.

No matter what type of car accident someone is involved in, it is likely to be costly. Unexpected medical bills and vehicle repairs do not fit into many budgets, but people do not necessarily have to foot these costs themselves. Individuals who have been in a collision, even one they caused themselves, may have the ability to pursue compensation for expenses related to a crash from an insurance company.

Source: Aol Auto, "Traffic fatalities rise for first time in seven years", Pete Bigelow, November 14, 2013

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