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Surprising statistic about war and motor vehicle crashes

The sacrifices made by Americans who fought and died in defense of freedom in World War I and World War II are essential parts of history. The U.S. lost 535,000 military personnel in those two epic wars, but the nation has lost even more people on our streets and highways since January of 2000, according to a recent report.

More than 624,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes since the turn of the century, and more are added every day. Last year, more than 36,000 people were killed in car accidents, with more than two million injured.

Here’s another statistic from the news report that shows the severity of our road safety problems in the U.S.: between the years 2006 and 2012, the opioid epidemic claimed nearly 100,000 lives. During those same years, people who drove drunk or distracted or who were speeding caused 190,455 deaths.

All of those people died due to driver recklessness and all of their senseless deaths were preventable. If those drivers responsible for the crashes had paid attention to the roads and traffic instead of drinking, texting or speeding, we would still have all those sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, toddlers, teens and seniors with us.

There is little doubt that the danger of distracted driving is a growing danger on our roads. We have written about it on more than one occasion here in our Lake Charles Legal Blog.

“While most recognize the dangers created by taking your eyes off the road, they engage in distracting behaviors anyway, creating a ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ culture on the roadway,” said a AAA spokesperson.

We cannot stop people from being careless and dangerous, but we do help car crash injury victims fight for justice and compensation. Please contact our office to discuss your legal options.

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