You may not have heard of “product liability” before, but you’ve likely heard of defective products. They’re often in the news: remember the faulty Toyota accelerators that caused car crashes, the baby sleepers that harmed infants, or the Samsung phone batteries that caught fire?
Drunk driving. Distracted driving. Teen driving. We’ve heard for years about how certain activities and demographics are associated with an increased risk of car accidents, injuries, and deaths. If you’ve watched the news or read the newspaper, you’ve surely heard of these things.
Traffic on the weekend of Memorial Day is deadlier than any other weekend throughout the year. CBS News reports that between 2011 and 2015, Memorial Day has seen an average of 312 deaths per year.
Car accidents are unfortunately very common: an estimated 5 million happen every year. In 2016 (the last year for which data is available), more than 4.6 million people were injured and more than 37,000 were killed in car accidents.
We think it’s pretty safe to say that no one enjoys driving in the winter. The snow, ice, and sleet make for dangerously slippery road conditions and poor visibility. On top of that, there are more drivers on the road thanks to holiday preparations and travel. Together, these factors increase the likelihood that you and your family will experience a car accident.
In 1972, driving deaths in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 54,589. Recognizing this as a public health crisis, the U.S. government—along with newly created non-profit organizations—worked to reduce the death toll. Campaigns advocated for the installation and use of seat belts and air bags, warned drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving, and pushed states to improve their road infrastructure. As a result, traffic deaths fell around 40 percent by 2010, to 32,999.