According to data from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there were fewer auto accident fatalities in 2013 versus 2012.

There were still 32,719 deaths on highways in the United States during the year, but that did represent a decrease of 1,000 deaths. The decrease primarily came from passenger cars, motorcylces and "light trucks and vans." This could be due to a variety of factors: safer vehicles, better driving practices as a society or just less driving happening overall. Either way, it's a good thing to hear that there are fewer people dying on the nation's highways when engaged in normal, everyday transportation.

However, more than 30,000 people dying every year while driving is still concerning. Chairman Hart of the NTSB said:

"While this decrease represents a good trend, much more work needs to done, because 35,000 deaths is very troubling. NTSB continues to address safety issues in all modes to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads, rails and waterways, as well as in our skies."

Make sure you buckle up while driving, and always avoid using a mobile device such as a smartphone while operating your vehicle (texting while driving in Virginia is a ticketable offense). This may seem like commonplace advice, but far too many people are engaging in distracted driving while on the road. We would all be a lot safer if more of us just left our cellphones alone while driving.

If you want to learn more information about car accident claims in Virgina, you should download our free book 5 Deadly Sins that Could Wreck Your Injury Claim. Even if you don't need the information right now (and for those of you who don't, we sincerely hope you never do in the future), it's worth knowing. Plus, you never know who in your circle of friends and family may end up needing the information for themselves.

Our hope is to reach as many people in Virginia with this information as possible. Car accident claims can be extremely stressful. Having information in your hands ahead of time can take some of the burden off of you.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with someone about your car accident claim or an accident involving a family member, our team is ready to help you. Just call (703)584-7277 to talk with us - no cost, no obligation, just answers.

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Ben Glass is a nationally recognized car accident and ERISA disability attorney in Fairfax, VA.