The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more people in the US will die from gunshot wounds than injuries from car accidents in 2015. This is considered a positive thing by the Center for American Progress because while the number of young (15 to 24) Americans dying from car accidents has steadily declined in previous years, the number of people in the same age range killed by guns has stayed the same.

It is good to know that more young people are responding to government efforts to address the causes of car accidents and the issue of drinking while intoxicated from drugs or alcohol. Carmakers are also being more strictly regulated when it comes to safety features and design problems.

However, as any Massachusetts car accident lawyer is likely to point out, it still means that 5,864 young people will probably die from car accidents. That is not so good. The fact that 6,040 gunshot fatalities is projected for the same group is no source of consolation for surviving family members of either type of victim. That is simply too many people dying from what easily preventable causes in most cases. More responsible driving and restricted gun ownership could further reduce these numbers considerably.

Cars are far safer today because of technological innovations than they were a decade ago, which would account for the decrease in accidents. Some cars continue to have serious defects that expose car occupants to unnecessary dangers. Recent recalls on some types of cars that tended to rollover and those fitted with defective airbags are indicative of these risks.

According to the website of the Sampson Law Offices, people involved in car accidents often sustain serious injuries even if they don’t die in the incident. This means considerable pain and suffering as well as extensive medical expenses. If you have been seriously injured in a negligent car accident, you can at least make a financial recovery. Consult with a car accident lawyer in your area to find out how.