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California traffic fatalities increased dramatically in 2016

A new report was issued on U.S. highway safety this week by the National Safety Council, and it concluded that “complacency” is causing fatal car accidents to continue to rise in California.

The president and CEO of the council said that while most Americans have accepted traffic fatalities as part of life and believe that there is little that can be done to prevent them, this is entirely untrue.

The president and CEO said that there are ways of reducing car accident fatalities, but the U.S. simply isn’t taking action as many other countries have.

According to the report, which is based on preliminary traffic data from 2016, traffic deaths rose by 14 percent in California over the previous year, and by 19 percent over 2014.

Traffic experts believe that distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding were the main causes of the dramatic increase in fatalities on California’s roadways the past few years.

In 2016, California saw more fatal motor vehicle accidents than any other state, with 3,680 people losing their lives.

A spokesman for the state Office of Traffic Safety said that the office is “discouraged” by the large increase in fatalities in 2016, saying that they increased “more than anyone would have projected.”

You can read more about the report and what officials had to say about it in this San Francisco Chronicle article.

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For families who have lost loved ones, these accidents represent much more than alarming statistics. For these families, their worlds have been turned upside down, often because someone decided to drive while distracted, impaired or above the speed limit.

We know this because our firm represents these families and helps them hold negligent and criminal drivers responsible for their actions. We do our best to fight “complacency” when it comes to preventable fatal motor vehicle accidents.

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