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Here’s a number re U.S. vehicle deaths: It’s sobering.

Motorists in Southern California know that streets and interstates across the state and nationally can turn deadly in an instant.

When they do, it is virtually always the case that driver negligence is what literally drove a dire outcome. In fact, a recent national media piece notes a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate that “94 percent of car crashes are caused by human error.”

Researchers from the fellow federal agency National Transportation Safety Board put their stamp on state-of-the-roads analysis in an even more revealing and evocative way by conveying this piece of information: More Americans have been fatal accident victims on national roadways since the turn of this century than died during World Wars I and II collectively.

It's heart-rending to even provide a number relevant to that. The NTSB posits 624,000-plus deaths since 2000. At least 30 million nonfatal injury victims can be added to that tally.

The above-cited human error glaringly spotlights the role played by driver negligence in catastrophic and deadly crash outcomes. NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt understandably states that “social outrage” should be manifest across the country concerning deaths linked with careless driving behaviors.

Regulators point to the usual list of culprits when they identify crash catalysts. Those centrally include speeding, drunk drivers and motorists who are rendered inattentive by non-driving distractions.

Victims of negligent drivers are not left remediless in the wake of a serious motor vehicle accident. Injured parties who timely secure help from a proven personal injury legal team can often obtain maximum money recoveries that compensate them for medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitation and additional expenses.

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