There is a relentless quality to fatal car accidents. They keep happening, taking lives one by one and sometimes in twos and threes. Over the course of a year, the total can really add up
In this post, we will discuss the trend in the numbers over the last decade in Michigan.
Overall, the trend has been downward. In 2002, there were 1,279 deaths in fatal crashes in Michigan. By 2012, the number was down to 936.
The trend is therefore in the right direction, though not in a completely linear way. In 2008, the statewide number of fatalities in vehicle crashes dropped below 1,000 for the first time. And fortunately it has stayed below that threshold since then.
But obviously there is still a lot of progress left to be made. There continue to be hundreds of lives lost every year to fatal crashes in Michigan. From 2008 to 2012, the number never fell below 871. That is still a lot of lives, even in a state with a population of nearly 10 million.
It should also be noted that the number of deaths in fatal crashes generally exceeds the actual number of crashes. This is because some crashes claim multiple lives. In 2012, there were 870 fatal crashes and 936 lives lost.
When a fatal car accident involves negligence by another driver, a wrongful death lawsuit may be in order. A wrongful death suit is also a potential area of recovery after other types of untimely deaths, such as those due to medical malpractice.
Source: Michigan.gov, "Michigan Traffic Crash Decade-at-a-Glance"