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Increase in traffic deaths in America is highest in the world

Our readers may have seen reports in recent years that, after decades of decline, the number of car accidents, injuries in car accidents and deaths in car accidents has been on the rise. Previous posts here have discussed many of the dangerous activities that some drivers engage in, perhaps none more dangerous than using a cellphone while driving. According to a recent report, distracted driving is one of the main reasons that the United States has seen a large increase in the number of traffic deaths since 2000.

The recent report noted a study completed by the International Transport Forum, which examined data from 29 different countries, the United States included. Of the 29 countries, only five experienced an increase in the number traffic deaths between the years 2000 and 2016. The United States led the way, with a whopping increase of 13.5 percent.

The report indicated that the increase in traffic deaths in America can probably be attributed to two main factors: more vehicles on the road due to an improving economy and distracted driving. The distracted driving factor is fairly obvious, as by now we are all, sadly, used to seeing people concentrating on their cellphones while driving instead of on the road in front of them. The economic factor also makes sense, as the American economy slowly improved over the timeframe of the study.

The reality is that many car accident deaths are entirely preventable. Do drivers really need to look at their cellphones while driving? Is that email or text message so important that drivers are willing to risk their own lives and the lives of others? The short answer is "no." And when people are injured in car accidents, negligent drivers need to be held accountable.

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