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Motor vehicle traffic fatalities continue to decline

Drivers in the state of New York are among the least likely to die in a motor vehicle accident, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, the state's motor vehicle traffic fatality rate was 6.7 per 100,000 people, making it the third-safest state behind Massachusetts and New Jersey, for which the CDC reported rates of 5.6 and 6.3 per 100,000, respectively. The District of Columbia led the list at 4.6 deaths per 100,000 people.

The CDC said the 2013 national motor vehicle traffic death rate was 10.7 per 100,000 and calculated a risk of death in the U.S. as the result of a motor vehicle accident at around one in 77. The risk of death due to heart disease, by comparison, was one in four. One in 46 Americans died from pneumonia or influenza in 2013.

In 2014, the number of highway fatalities dropped to its lowest-ever level, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the trend is expected to continue. A NHTSA study estimated that motor vehicle safety features and technologies have saved 614,000 lives. Still, car accidents remain one of the most likely causes of death or serious injury in the United States.

People who have been injured in a car accident often face high medical expenses, and in many cases their financial circumstances are made worse by the lost wages resulting from an inability to return to work. If the accident was caused by a distracted or otherwise negligent motorist, a personal injury attorney can assist an injured victim in seeking financial damages from the at-fault driver.

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