In recent years, the number of Americans who have died in motor vehicle accidents has been near record-breaking levels. In 2022, though, traffic fatalities dropped slightly. Still, according to reporting from ABC News, almost 43,000 Americans died in car crashes last year.
Automotive safety professionals have begun to refer to the alarming number of traffic fatalities as a national crisis. It is difficult to argue with this assessment. After all, 43,000 traffic deaths equate to more than half of the population of Edinburg, Texas, dying in a single year.
Deadly driving behaviors
The U.S. Department of Transportation notes that deadly driving behaviors are becoming increasingly common on roadways across the country. These behaviors include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and distracted driving. Simply put, until more drivers commit to driving safely and reasonably, traffic fatalities are going to continue to be unacceptably high.
Compensation for affected families
It can be difficult to cope with the sudden death of a loved one. Indeed, if someone in your family dies in a traffic accident, you might never be the same again. While financial compensation cannot replace your loved one, it can help you manage your new way of life. Consequently, it might make sense to take legal action against the responsible driver.
Texas law entitles certain family members to comprehensive financial compensation for a loved one’s death. You do not have forever to pursue this financial compensation, however. Ultimately, by promptly exploring your legal options, you can preserve your eligibility for it.