2018 Reduction in Traffic Fatalities Hopeful, but not Reason for Overconfidence, says Legal Defenders

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Los Angeles-based law firm Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg & Brock comments on a recent article saying that fewer traffic casualties suggest that better vehicle safety standards may be working, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg & Brock cautions drivers that a one-second misjudgment can lead to tragedy.

A staggering number of deaths, injuries, and property damage each year shows that every individual who gets behind the wheel needs to remain cautious while traveling.

A November 1 article on Automobile details a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stating that overall traffic collision fatalities dropped in 2018, particularly in regards to the people inside of most types of vehicles. However, pedestrians, cyclists, and large truck drivers all experienced a slight increase in fatalities as a result of a traffic collision. The NHTSA believes that higher safety standards on the road are responsible for the decrease in fatalities for those in a light vehicle, whereas an increase in dense urban areas that are travelable without vehicles could be a reason for the increase in pedestrian and cyclist deaths. Unfortunately, the report found that over 35,000 people still died on the road in 2018. The Los Angeles-based personal injury firm, Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg & Brock, says that the findings in the study do prove that vehicles and perhaps roads are becoming safer overall, but a staggering number of deaths, injuries, and property damage each year shows that every individual who gets behind the wheel needs to remain cautious while traveling.

Legal Defenders notes that it has seen a significant number of collision-related cases over its many years of operation and that the vast majority of these collisions had been avoidable. The firm notes that it may seem like driving over what might seem like an arbitrary speed limit is a reasonable time-saving strategy, but the risks far outweigh the extra couple of minutes a speeding driver may or may not save – and time limits are there for a reason. The firm notes that, especially at high speeds, even the slightest miscalculation could cause an event the driver might regret forever: at best, having to pay for property damage, and at worst, bearing the emotional, financial, and legal burden of being responsible for the taking another person’s life or causing disabling injuries. Whether through overconfidence or false perception, an event that can occur in a quarter of a second can have ramifications that last a lifetime or can cut that lifetime short, the firm adds.

Legal Defenders says the best way to avoid traffic collisions is to simply drive calmly, obey traffic laws, use common sense, and take one’s time while driving; especially around pedestrians and cyclists who are virtually defenseless against even the smallest automobile traveling at a relatively slow speed. The firm notes that safe drivers are far less likely to end up in a car wreck, meaning they are also far less likely to be severely injured or financially and morally responsible for the damages a wreck can cause. It concludes that by remaining patient and focusing on the road—and not on cellphones or other dangerous distractions—drivers can make sure that everyone out on the road gets home to safely to their friends and families.

Readers can find out more about Legal Defenders at the Law Offices of Burg & Brock and the legal personal injury services they offer by visiting the firm’s website at https://www.legaldefenders.com/ or by calling 818-641-1266.

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