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Accident fatalities in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2019 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you are like a lot of people in Pennsylvania, you may be concerned about the recklessness some drivers exhibit on area roads and highways. Despite strict laws, it seems that some people are simply not willing to make safety a priority. This does make it important for you to be extra vigilant and drive defensively but also to be aware that there may be times you need additional help if even your safe actions are not enough to avoid being hit by a dangerous driver.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving and speeding continue to claim many lives in Pennsylvania. In Mercer County alone, 21 people were killed at the hands of drunk drivers between 2013 and 2017. In that same five-year period, 33 lives were lost in accidents involving excessive speed. A total of 73 vehicular fatalities were recorded in the county over those five years.

Statewide, the problem is clear as well. In 2017, there were 1,137 deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Of those, alcohol was identified as a contributing factor in 314 cases. Exceeding the speed limit was found to be involved in 468 deaths. These are just two accident factors that are completely within the control of drivers.

If you would like to learn more about how you may seek help after you have or someone you love has been involved in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page of our Pennsylvania personal injury and motor vehicle accident website.