Traffic has significantly decreased over the last year given extensive remote work options that have been extended to workers. That might lead you to believe car accidents, including fatal car wrecks, have decreased, but the truth paints a much darker picture.
2020’s fatal car accident statistics
The number of fatal car accidents increased significantly in 2020. According to one recent report, last year saw an 8% increase in these deadly wrecks compared to 2019. This means that more than 42,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2020. The death rate for each 100 million miles skyrocketed by 24%, too, meaning that more people died with less miles driven. Last year even saw nearly 5 million people injured in car accidents.
There may be a number of reasons for the sharp incline in accident fatalities. Some experts think that more open roadways have invited riskier driving behaviors, which is backed by research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows that speed is the top contributor to these deadly wrecks. However, research has also shown a dramatic increase in the number of hospitalized car accident victims who test positive for alcohol and drugs, including opiates. There’s a lot of concern that as traffic nears pre-pandemic levels these behaviors will continue, thereby putting many others at risk.
Have you been affected by a car accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident or have lost a loved one to one of these fatal wrecks, then you may want to consider your legal options. By pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you might be able to not only obtain accountability from the negligent party responsible for the accident, but also recover compensation for damages suffered. This can go a long way toward helping you move past the incident with the support that you need. After all, many law firms like ours view car accident victims and their families as much more than just another statistic.