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Better economy increases driver death rate

New York drivers might have noticed increased traffic on the road. This might be tied to the stronger economy since this improvement leads people to get behind the wheel more often, and they sometimes take risks when doing so.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the rate for driver deaths has increased as the economy has gotten stronger, and it is expected to only decrease slightly in the future. While many might believe that the higher rate is due to more people driving due to more people being employed, the daily work commute has not made such a major impact on the rate. Instead, experts believe that the rate has continued to increase, despite safety improvements being made to vehicles, because of people taking more vacations or going out at night more than when the economy was weaker.

The IIHS only reports on the driver death rate's connection to the stronger economy since all vehicles have a driver, but not all have passengers and the number of passengers can vary from car to car. Additionally, not all cars are the same when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. Smaller vehicles, for example, generally have a higher driver death rate than larger SUVs. In fact, five mini-cars and three small cars were among the 10 vehicles with the highest driver death rate, which was 87 deaths per 1 million registered vehicle years, while the lowest driver death rate, which is six deaths per 1 million registered vehicle years, belonged to large luxury SUVs.

More cars on the road leads to more car accidents. Most accidents are a result of human factors. When a collision is caused by a driver who is negligent in some fashion, such as speeding, distracted by a cellphone, or impaired by alcohol or drugs, an attorney could assist an occupant of another car who was injured in pursuing compensation for medical bills and other losses.

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