World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on November 18

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The annual World Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for people around the globe to reflect on roadway deaths and injuries. The personal injury law firm Anapol Schwartz encourages everyone to take a moment to think about how we can make driving safer for everyone.

That’s what makes this remembrance so poignant; these injuries and deaths were mostly avoidable.

November 18 marks the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This is a day to reflect on the loss and injuries from thousands of accidents that happen each year on America’s roadways. It also provides an opportunity to consider ways to make roads safer.

There were 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents and nearly 36,000 deaths in the US in 2009, according to the United States Census Bureau.* In Pennsylvania, 1,286 auto accident deaths occurred last year, which is a 2.9 percent decrease since 2010 and the second lowest number of motor vehicle crash fatalities in the state during the past 68 years.** The lawyers at Anapol Schwartz are gratified that yearly traffic accidents are decreasing in PA and will continue to advocate for victims of auto accidents and their loved ones every day.

“Motor vehicles are safer than ever, which may account for the decrease in auto accident numbers,” said motor vehicle accident attorney and Anapol Schwartz shareholder James Ronca. “But the factor that doesn’t change is human irresponsibility and reckless driving. That’s what makes this remembrance so poignant; these injuries and deaths were mostly avoidable.”

Worldwide, about 3,500 people die and tens of thousands more are injured in traffic accidents every day due to careless behavior, distractions while driving, defective auto parts, hazardous road conditions and other factors.*** World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was established nationally in response to those staggering numbers. It is observed every third Sunday in November.

“Life is precious and can change in an instant,” said accident attorney Christopher Marzzacco. “Assisting a victim’s family in any capacity through this unimaginably painful and confusing process brings some degree of meaning for us as advocates.”

Marzzacco recalls one mother who was a passenger during a family road trip to Myrtle Beach for vacation. In the early morning hours on a remote two-lane highway, a 19-year-old driver returning from a “senior week” party was distracted and hit their car head-on. The mother was alive after the crash for a short time and tried to help her children out of the car. She died at the scene.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a good reminder to all drivers that road accidents are preventable. By practicing safe driving, everyone can do their part to decrease the still staggering number of accidents that happen every year across the country.

Founded in 1977, Anapol Schwartz is a civil justice law firm with 20 attorneys. The firm has law offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Scottsdale, Ariz. The firm has represented clients in many personal injury matters, such as defective medical devices, dangerous drugs and medical negligence.



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