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Jackson County leads region in traffic fatalities

If you are like most people who live in Missouri, you take the safety of yourself, your family and your friends very seriously. While it would be wonderful to think that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle understands the responsibility to others on the road that goes along with driving, it seems that there are many people who do not. The sheer number of innocent people killed in traffic accidents every year makes this apparent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Missouri saw a brief dip in the number of fatalities from 2012 to 2013 but, since then, the number of deaths has risen every year. In 2013, 757 people died statewide in auto accidents, down from 826 in the prior year. Then, in 2014, there were 766 deaths followed by 870 in 2015. Last year experienced another significant jump to 945 deaths.

Jackson County was the location of 381 of those deaths from 2012 through 2016. This number was more than in any of Jackson County's neighboring counties. In Clay County, 99 fatalities were recorded while in Cass and Johnson Counties, there were 62 and 51 deaths, respectively. Lafayette County was the site of another 26 deaths while Ray County recorded 16 over the same five years. 

If you would like to learn more about the level of risk you and your loved ones face on the roads in and around Jackson County and how to get help if involved in a crash, please feel free to visit the vehicular accident compensation page of our Missouri personal injury website.

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