A lot of people think that traffic safety has increased over the past year for no other reason than the fact that fewer cars have been on the road. But this simply isn’t the case. In fact, a recent study found that 2020 saw an 8% increase in traffic fatalities, rising to more than 42,000. This statistic is jarring regardless of the situation, but it’s especially worrisome given that the death rate per 100 million miles driven increased by 24%, which is the biggest one-year increase in the nearly 100 years since the statistic has been recorded.
What has lead to an increased death rate?
There are a number of factors that could be contributing to more fatal car accidents. Speed remains one of the biggest contributors, which some experts say has worsened over the last year because motorists are enticed to drive faster when there are fewer cars on the road. But medical professionals have also seen a sharp increase in the number of patients who have been involved in a car accident and test positive for drugs or alcohol. This means that there may be more intoxicated drivers on the roadways than in years past.
Concerns for the future
These dangerous driving behaviors are problematic, but some experts’ biggest fear is that the behaviors won’t stop as traffic levels increase. This means that more motor vehicle accidents may occur, leaving more individuals and families devastated in the aftermath. Hopefully public safety initiatives, increased law enforcement presence, and common sense will prevail in curtailing these wrecks.
Take care of yourself and your family
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident, then we know the struggles that you’re going through. You might worry about how to care for your kids while paying your medical bills, and simply maintaining what was once your normal life might seem impossible. Though you might feel like your future looks bleak, it doesn’t have to. By taking legal action against those who are responsible for your harm you might be able to find accountability and recover the compensation you deserve. Hopefully then you can return your focus to taking care of your family and living the life that you want and deserve.