January 17, 2013
A trend of declining motor vehicle fatalities ended with 2012 in North Carolina. The Charlotte News & Observer explained that last year saw a total of 1,224 North Carolina car accident fatalities, which was a 1.3 percent increase over the previous year’s total.
Experts say the slight increase could be attributed to improvements in economic factors across the state. Arthur Goodwin, senior research associate at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, pointed out that North Carolina motor vehicle fatalities spiked in 2007 with 1,702 lives lost. The following year, the number dramatically declined to only 1,466 deaths occurring on the state’s roadways. With the economy beginning to see a light turn around, Goodwin explains that it should come as no surprise then that the number of fatal Raleigh Car Accidents has followed a paralleling trend.
The state is doing its part to keep these accidents from occurring though. Between implementing safety campaigns like the “Click It Or Ticket” program and cracking down on speed-related violations, the state has received a green rating from the Road Map to State Highway Safety laws report, ranking North Carolina among the top 14 states when it comes to highway safety.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst Injury Lawyers are hopeful the increasing number of motor vehicle accident fatalities North Carolina saw last year can be curbed in the coming New Year.