On Monday, a 33-year-old woman died after her Honda Civic was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer just before 8 p.m. in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

The victim was stopped on the eastbound side of State Highway 28 and was waiting to make a left turn onto a private drive when her car was hit by the SUV. She was flown to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa where she was treated for a critical head injury and pronounced dead several hours later.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, but the driver of the SUV did not sustain any injuries in the crash.

Car Accident Deaths Have Increased

Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in fatal car accidents, according to data released in July by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA found that there was a 7.7 percent increase in car accident deaths from 2014 to 2015, with 32,675 deaths in 2014 compared to 35,200 in 2015.

The increase was not limited to one part of the country either, as the NHTSA found that nine of 10 regions of the U.S. saw an increase in traffic fatalities in 2015.

Part of the reason for the increase could be the reduction in gas prices, which has allowed more Americans to hit the road, according to NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind.

When the preliminary data is finalized, the NHTSA and the Department of Transportation will issue a call to action to safety partners, elected officials, data scientists and others to find data-driven solutions to reduce traffic fatalities.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses. Contact the experienced Tulsa auto accident lawyers at The Edwards Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.