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Smartphones Suspected in Massive Spike of Motor Vehicle Fatalities

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyer,Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyExperts believe that the recent spike in motor vehicle accidents and fatalities goes beyond what would be reasonable if it were simply a matter of more drivers on the road; they say smartphones may be largely responsible.

Road Fatalities More than Double the Expected Increase

According to preliminary government statistics, national motor vehicle death rates rose to 16,225 from January 2015 to June 2015. Experts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say this is more than double the increase expected from the variables of falling gas prices and a growing, improving economy. It is also the biggest six-month jump in reported traffic deaths since 1977.

Officials Examining Possible Causes

While officials say it is too early to identify the true causes behind the spike in motor vehicle fatalities, they are investigating some possibilities. For example, they say that teen drivers (and other risky drivers) may be on the road more often because of lower gas prices, which could be at least partially responsible for the increase in fatalities. But distracted driving — or the use of electronics devices such as smartphones — is the most suspected cause.

Smartphones and other electronic devices are now considered one of the biggest risk factors for accidents.  They are being used by more people and more frequently while driving. In fact, even though texting behind the wheel appears to have declined, many drivers continue to use their phones for other purposes while driving. Some have admitted to watching movies, playing games, accessing applications, and searching for directions while driving. But all of these activities are just as dangerous as texting.

Distracted Driver Victim? Seek Help from an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents are extremely complex in nature, which can make pursuing compensation a difficult and lengthy process. Rather than attempt to go it alone, it is highly suggested that accident victims seek the skilled assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, has been serving Wisconsin’s distracted driver and automobile accident victims since 1968. Dedicated, aggressive, and passionate in our pursuit of compensation for our clients, we understand just how drastically an accident can change lives. To discover how we can help with your case, request an initial consultation with our experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorneys. Call 414-271-1440 today.



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