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Despite Auto Safety Improvements, Deadly Accidents Increasing in Oregon

Posted September 30, 2015 - James R. Gregory, Trial Attorney

The Oregonian reported today that highway fatalities have risen 31% in the past year, according to the Department of Transportation. Pedestrian and motorcycle deaths have experienced the sharpest increases, at 64 and 15 percent, respectively.

While DOT officials declined to speculate on the reasons for the upswing, the cause is likely growth in miles driven, as we reported earlier this year. As motorists venture into unfamiliar territory, especially on rural roads, accidents increase dramatically.

Phillip C. Gilbert & Associates would like to remind you to be vigilant as you enjoy fall driving. Avoid distractions, keep your concentration up, and exercise cautionĀ on unfamiliar roads.