Farris & Farris, P.A.

Call For A Free Consultation 252-360-1339

Why is accident frequency higher than ever?

Do you feel like you can't turn on the news without seeing stories about car accidents, often leading to serious injuries and death? Do you feel like you see car accidents every time you drive around town, even if they're minor?

You're not imagining it. Reports indicate that accident frequency has been higher than ever in recent years, rising dramatically. Insurance experts note that the severity of accidents has also been on the rise.

Why is this happening? Why are the roads getting more and more dangerous every year?

One reason is simple: The Great Recession ended, gas prices dropped and people started driving more. In fact, in 2015, records were set for total miles driven during the year.

When the recession was in full swing, people stopped driving as much because far more of them were out of work. That meant no morning commute and fewer vacations. People didn't have money to spend on leisure activities, so they stayed home.

That recession ended, or at least turned around, but people's driving habits stayed the same for a short time. It wasn't until 2012 that they really started driving more, and that trend has continued with abandon. Now, they're driving more than ever as employment rises and gas prices stay low.

With more cars on the road, covering more miles, it's only natural that there will be more accidents. In that sense, the recovering economy actually increases the danger you face on a daily basis.

If you're involved in an accident resulting in serious injuries, make sure you know all of your legal rights.

Source: Verisk, "Auto Claims Frequency, Severity: What’s Behind the Rise?," John E. Cantwell and Dorothy E. Kelly, accessed March 30, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help You?

Call us at 252-360-1339 or fill out the form below to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced attorney.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice | Protecting people's rights
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Super lawyers
  • North Carolina  Bar Association | Seeking Liberty & Justice
  • 10 Best 2016 | Client satisfaction | American Institute of Personal injury Attorneys TM

108 Nash St. E.
P.O. Box 2727
Wilson, NC 27894

Toll Free: 888-569-0691
Phone: 252-360-1339
Fax: 252-291-8826
Wilson Law Office Map