Published October 29, 2018
The Native American population has been a major focus when it comes to deaths among young people. For example, car accidents are much higher among Native Americans than the rest of the population. This is a major problem for the country at large.
What Do the Figures Show?
We already know that Native Americans have a higher death rate on the roads. But let’s dig a little deeper into the figures.
When it comes to the American Indian population, there are a few states that stand out. One is Wyoming, where the rate is 72 deaths per 100,000 people. In South Dakota, the number is 59 deaths per 100,000 people, with Montana and North Dakota at 56.
Within states that have high concentrations of Native Americans, there’s a much larger number of deaths on the road.
Why are the Figures Higher?
Studies into why the numbers are higher have been ongoing. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why there are more deaths.
The main reason is that alcohol is more often a factor in car accidents among Native Americans. In fact, they have the highest number of alcohol-related vehicle deaths out of every racial group in the United States.
Information uncovered about road traffic accident says another common reason is that many Native Americans don’t wear seatbelts. Of those who died in car accidents, 56 percent of them weren’t wearing seatbelts at the time.
Studies into seat belt use reveal that in the worst communities, only 49 percent of Native Americans wear a seat belt regularly.
What Can Be Done?
Raising awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated and failing to wear a seatbelt is the key. The situation is getting better, but progress is slow.
A lack of resources, education, and support in American Indian communities are the primary reasons why this is such a problem.
Can Native Americans Access Legal Help?
These figures only take into account deaths. Injuries are much more common and many Native Americans may not know where to turn.
It is strongly recommended, once you have been treated for any injuries, to see a decent law firm, like Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C, to help recoup costs that may have been accrued through medical care and also compensation for the injuries you have attained should a third party be at fault for the accident you were involved in. It seems obvious but many accident victims carry on without seeking appropriate legal help and therefore forfeit and any kind of financial windfall that they may be entitled to.
Not only can victims see an improvement in their quality of life once they have successfully gained compensation, they can also begin to draw a line under what is often an incredibly stressful, painful and emotionally taxing period of time.
Last Word – Steps Being Taken
Many people forget that death on the road in Native American communities is not the only problem. Those who are left behind are left to pick up the pieces with little to no support.
But legal help for Native Americans is out there.
Do you know someone who needs help overcoming the fallout from an automotive accident?