Last year, 240 people died on the highways in Utah. That is a 5.1 percent decline from the previous year. Drunk driving was down 2.5 percent from the previous year. However, last year is not atypical, things have been progressively improving. The number of highway deaths is down 26 percent since the year 2005.
Attorneys say this raises a question of whether drivers are better and more competent, or if safer cars and highways account for the difference. Car manufacturers continue to develop new safety features including air bags, warning lights, and rear view cameras that can all help when driving. Additionally, seat belt laws and child restraints help to protect drivers and passengers in accidents.
But things are not perfect yet. There was an increase in deaths for bicyclists, pedestrians, and occupants of large trucks. If you have been hurt in one of these types of accidents, contact a Utah accident attorney to get the help you need.
At the law firm of Shumway Van & Hansen we always offers free 30 minute consultations with a lawyer so if you have been injured in an accident please contact us an anytime to schedule yours.