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Can low gas prices cause a fatal accident in North Carolina?

The state of North Carolina has experienced a 19 percent increase in motor vehicle accidents resulting in death in 2015. Various factors have reportedly added to the likelihood of a fatal accident occurring on the road. A few of the factors might come as a surprise to some.

In Charlotte, vehicular accidents have also risen. The Department of Transportation said that statistics show the highest number of collisions since the 2009 recession. Some have claimed that this might be more than mere coincidence.

It seems, according to the CEO of the National Safety Council, that low gas prices might contribute to the rise in the death toll regarding motor vehicle accidents throughout the state. Some say that a strengthened economy might also play a part in more fatal collisions occurring on North Carolina highways. The thinking behind the statements is that when gas prices drop, more drivers take to the road for longer periods of time.

It's also been noted that when gasoline is cheaper, drivers who are prone to accidents get behind the wheel; teenagers are among those mentioned. Apparently, many distractions exist for today's drivers, as well; the use of cell phones and texting pose great risks from those who drive while engaging in electronic activity. Finally, speed limits have continued to be raised is some areas, also possibly leading to more fatal crashes.

If someone in North Carolina suffers the untimely death of a loved one in a fatal accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, he or she, if an immediate family member, may file a legal claim in a civil court. One might first wish to discuss the details of such circumstances with a legal professional in the area who can then guide one through the process of filing a claim. Doing so allows compensation to be sought for the damages sustained due to the death of a family member in a motor vehicle collision.

Source: charlotteobserver.com, "Traffic deaths up 19 percent in North Carolina", Andrew Dunn, Aug. 17, 2015

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