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Fatalities from car wrecks increase in first half of 2016

About 18,000 people passed away on roadways in the United States, including Louisiana, during the first six months of 2016. This is a more than 10 percent increase compared to the same time period last year. In fact, the number of people who have died in car wrecks has risen steadily since the latter part of 2014.

One reason there may be more roadway fatalities this year is that more people in America are working today as the effects of the Great Recession has waned. According to the Federal Highway Administration, people drove more than 50 billion miles more from January to June of 2016 as compared to last year. If this trend persists during the remainder of the year, this year will log the biggest percentage increase in traffic-related fatalities in half a century.

The federal Department of Transportation has developed a coalition of safety groups to put together a three-decade plan for reducing roadway fatalities. The goal of the coalition is to decrease roadway deaths to zero during the next 30 years. This target very well may be achievable as driverless cars arrive on the scene.

If people in Louisiana are killed due to the negligence of drivers on the road, it is within the rights of their surviving loved ones to file wrongful death claims against the reportedly at-fault party or parties. They may seek the reimbursement of monetary damages sustained due to the fatal collision. A monetary award in a case that is handled successfully may help to cover burial costs, any loss of financial support and other documented damages stemming from these types of car wrecks.

Source: courant.com, "Highway Deaths Jump to Nearly 18,000 Between January and June", Ashley Halsey, Oct. 6, 2016

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