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US roads may be getting riskier

Drivers in New York and other states may face heightened levels of risk as they attempt to navigate the highways. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that in the first nine months of 2015, the number of national traffic fatalities jumped by more than 9 percent. This relatively sudden increase followed a consistent trend of dropping fatalities, and the NHTSA says it needs to increase its safety efforts in response.

In 2014, traffic deaths exhibited a decline of around 1.4 percent from the preceding year. From 2000 to 2014, accident fatalities dropped by 22 percent. The NHTSA's administrator said that the agency planned to implement new safety pushes that tackled known factors, such as driving while intoxicated and disregard for seat belt laws, and he noted that the 2015 statistics were warning signals.

The statistics also revealed that individual geographic areas had varied fatality rates, with increases in regions like the Northwest being as high as 20 percent and the Southeast showing an increase of 16 percent. South Central and mid-Atlantic states, on the other hand, only increased their fatality rates by 2 percent.

Although statistics indicate that human factors play a role in most car accidents, victims aren't necessarily the ones who committed errors. Many are involved in accidents created by other drivers, and when motorists operate their vehicles while intoxicated or fail to follow safety laws, they may be held financially responsible for the losses of an injured victim in a personal injury lawsuit filed with the assistance of an attorney.

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