Recent research from the National Safety Council suggests that roadways in North Carolina have become more deadly and dangerous over the past six months. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the number of people killed in traffic crashes in North Carolina has spiked 19 percent, while the national average has only gone up 14 percent. They also report that fatal wrecks have increased in Western North Carolina, and across the state. Ken Ulmer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reports that more people on the roads combined with gas prices could have contributed to the increase.
Deadly Accidents in Buncombe County
Population growth is another possible factor involved with the increase in deadly wrecks across the state. More people have moved to North Carolina, gas has gotten cheaper and you can also take into account road trips for spring break and summer vacation in the last six months. More people on the road means there is a higher likelihood of injury causing and fatal wrecks. Buncombe County has had 16 traffic fatalities over the last six months. Although deadly wrecks have increased in Buncombe County and across the state, troopers actually reported fewer deadly wrecks on local state roads and highways earlier this spring.
U.S. Crash Statistics
- In 2013, there were an estimated 5,687,000 police-reported traffic crashes.
- 32,719 people were killed in crashes in 2013.
- An estimated 2,313,000 people were injured in crashes in 2013.
- On average, 90 people were killed in car crashes every day in 2013.
- In 2013, there were 10,076 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities.
- An estimated 12,584 lives were saved by the use of seat belts in 2013.
After an Asheville Car Accident
After any kind of car accident due to somebody’s dangerous or negligent behavior, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Insurance companies aren’t always easy to deal with after a wreck, and your attorney can be your advocate during a difficult time. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 888-773-8388.