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How many people die in car crashes in Missouri?

If you ever listen to local reports about car accidents in which people have died in Missouri and wonder just how many times this really happens every year, you are not alone. Traffic fatalities sadly continue to plague area roads and highways despite improvements being made in vehicle safety and stronger laws.

Records provided from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the state has experienced an increase in the number of vehicular fatalitiesevery year for the past several years. In 2014, the 766 deaths represented a slight increase over the 757 in 2013. Then in 2015 a substantial jump was seen as 870 deaths in car accidents occurred. In 2016 another significant increase was seen as the fatality count rose to 945 statewide.

Increases in the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents were seen in a variety of crash types. Accidents in which alcohol was a factor accounted for 244 deaths in 2016. Speeding was a stated contributor in 328 fatalities that same year. Large trucks were involved in the loss of 114 lives which is a major difference to the 85 deaths in these same accidents in 2013. Motorcyclists also faced serious losses as 127 bikers died in 2016 compared to 97 in 2015, 91 in 2014 and 74 in 2013. Clearly more needs to be done to keep people safe on Missouri roads and highways.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to let Missouri residents understand the importance of seeking help after a car accident by highlighting the realities of the risks they continue to face due to reckless drivers.

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