Missouri Sees Increase In Traffic Fatalities During 2012
January 8, 2012
The Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) announced last week that the state saw a dramatic rise in the number of motor vehicle fatalities in 2012 as opposed to the previous year, considering there was a roughly four percent increase in deaths caused by Missouri Car Accidents.
A story published by Ozarks First explained how Missouri saw a record low number of motor vehicle deaths in 2011, with only 784 fatalities as the result of traffic accidents being reported; however, it was a different story this past year, as 2012 saw a total of 814 accident fatalities. Highway Patrol Captain, Tim Hull, explained the increase means the state failed to meet the goal established by the Missouri Coalition for Highway Safety of having less than 800 traffic fatalities for 2012.
Hull went on to state he believes the increase is the result of too few Missourians using seat belts, along with too many citizens driving while distracted. He may be right too, seeing as Missouri saw a three percent rise in the number of deaths where a lack of seat belt use was a contributing factor during 2012. Furthermore, inattention to the road was listed as one of the top three causes of Missouri Car Accidents last year.
The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers are hopeful the number of accidents will decrease with the New Year and are hopeful these figures can be used to help prevent accidents from occurring.