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Improving economy increases traffic death rate

Maryland drivers have an increased chance of dying in a car crash now that the economy has improved, according to a new study. Furthermore, traffic fatalities are predicted to dip only slightly between now and 2024.

For the first time since 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calculated driver death rates for late-model automobiles. Using crash data for 2014 models, they found that 30 people died per 1 million registered vehicles. In 2011, the rate was only 28 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles. The organization also broke down the data per vehicle model and found that the Hyundai Accent had the worst fatality rate, with 104 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles. Meanwhile, 11 other models had a death rate of zero.

The death rate increase comes at a time when vehicle safety standards are at an all-time high and continuing to improve. However, the study found that a stronger economy encourages people to drive more miles, which leads to more accidents. It also discovered that people are more prone to speeding when the economy is good. In 2015, 35,092 people lost their lives on U.S. roads. This was a 7 percent jump from 2014. Given current economy forecasts by the federal government, the IIHS estimates that annual traffic deaths will dip to 34,400 by 2024.

Car accidents can cause severe injuries that require expensive medical care. In order to recover costs, many crash victims choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident. Typical damages sought in such a suit may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and property loss. Crash victims could learn more about personal injury lawsuits by contacting a lawyer.

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