Oregon Traffic Deaths
2015 has been a much deadlier year on the road than 2014. In fact, it’s shaping up to be the deadliest year since 2008. More than 400 people have been killed on roads and highways in this state in 2014, making a sharp increase over 2014. And if previous trends hold, one of the most deadliest driving seasons, Christmas season, is just beginning. As a Portland car accident lawyer, we urge everyone to stay safe behind the wheel.
Analysts aren’t quite certain why fatalities are up on the roads. Drivers were driving more miles but that doesn’t fully explain the problem. Some have mentioned that there has been an increase in single-occupancy vehicles veering off the road for unknown reasons. This is likely due to distracted driving, so that may be partially to blame.
But these analysts are quick to point out two facts: first, alcohol still kills the vast majority of people in car accidents in Oregon. And second, even with this increase, fatality rates are still down substantially from their peak in the mid-1970s. This is because of safer cars, greater seat belt usage, and lower rates of drunk driving. While this spike in fatalities is extremely unfortunate, it looks to be just a statistical anomaly. Hopefully 2016 will be a safer year for Oregon drivers.
At Johnson Law, we want everyone to be safe behind the wheel. As Portland car accident lawyers, we’ve seen first-hand just how devastating an auto accident can be for everyone involved. Especially during this holiday season, it is vital that people pay attention behind the wheel, don’t drive drunk, and just take their time getting where they need to go. Together, we can keep each other safe on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident or any type of accident, contact Johnson Law right away for a free consultation.