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More drivers means higher chance for a motor vehicle accident

With gas prices at one of the lowest points in recent years, there are more drivers on the road this summer, both in Massachusetts and across the country. With an increased number of people on the road, it stands to reason that there will be an increased chance for a motor vehicle accident. Recent statistics released by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seem to support this idea.

It is believed that cheaper gas prices encourage more people to drive and to drive longer distances. Financially, lower gas prices and a stronger economy are reasons to celebrate, but to those who monitor car accident statistics, it could signal trouble. In 2015, there were 8 percent more traffic fatalities than the year before, and with gas prices remaining low, there are still a significant number of fatalities happening every day.

Common sense states that more drivers leads to an increased chance of an accident. It is believed that as many as 94 percent of accidents are caused by driver error, which is largely preventable. While drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of accidents, distraction, speeding and other reckless behaviors are considerably dangerous as well. Victims of accidents, no matter the cause, have the right to a full recovery.

When a Massachusetts reader is injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is critical that he or she takes the steps necessary to understand what legal options are available. There may be grounds to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim, and an experienced lawyer can help. As there are more drivers on the roads this summer, it's important to know how to protect one's rights after an accident.

Source: koco.com, "Cheap gas blamed for highest number of traffic deaths since 2008", Chris Isidore, July 6, 2016

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