The number of fatal traffic accidents jumped in the first quarter of 2012 after years of declining, according to a recent review of data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA reported that 7,630 people died in motor vehicle collisions during the first three months of 2012, an increase of about 13.5 percent over the same period in 2011. The first-quarter 2012 figures represent the second-largest quarterly increase in fatalities since the government began tracking traffic accident death statistics in 1975. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, the Mobile, Alabama, personal injury attorneys at Long & Long are here to help you and your family through this challenging experience. Traffic accidents can result in substantial expenses that insurance will not adequately cover; we can help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. The rise in motor vehicle accident deaths comes as an increasing number of states and local municipalities crack down on texting and cell phone use while driving. However, this early assessment of traffic accident data does not indicate how many collisions distracted driving played a role in. The NHTSA also revealed a more positive figure: A thorough review of accident findings from 2009 revealed that fir the first time since 1981, motor vehicle accidents were not among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents were the 11th leading cause of death in 2009, a drop of two spots from 2008. Overall, according to the NHTSA, traffic accident fatalities have declined about 25 percent since 2005. If you were hurt or a family member was killed in a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident that was the result of another driver’s carelessness, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, personal injury lawyers at Long & Long for your free case evaluation.