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NHTSA: 2021 road fatalities were up by more than 12% from 2020

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Researchers strive to calculate the number of auto accidents that happen across the United States, find their causes and formulate solutions to reduce their frequency. For people in Maryland and throughout the nation, it is important to pay attention to trends to avoid collisions with injuries and death. While the statistics for 2021 are still being assessed, an initial calculation says that in the first three-quarters of the year, there was a 12% spike in road fatalities when compared to 2020. The rise in auto crashes and fatalities has been worrisome for several years. Those who have been involved in an accident, were injured or lost a loved one should think about what they should do in its aftermath.

Auto accidents claimed more than 31,700 lives through September of 2021

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 31,720 road fatalities through September of 2021. In 2020, there were 28,325 road deaths in that same time-frame. This is the worst statistical jump since 2006 and the highest rise since statistics have been kept. While this increase is troubling, the fatality statistics have been spiking for some time. It is not an issue that is isolated within a few states. Thirty-eight states are expected to record an increase. Two are expected to remain around the same. Ten – plus Washington D.C. – will see a decrease.

More people are losing their lives on the road simultaneous to fewer people taking to the road due to ongoing national concerns. From prior research, it is believed that drivers are taking liberties with safety. Speeding, recklessness, driving under the influence, distracted driving and other dangerous behaviors are contributing to crashes. The federal government is hoping that its recently passed infrastructure bill and auto manufacturers creating vehicles were better safety features will help make the roads safer.

Experienced assistance can be critical when planning a strategy after a crash

Anyone who takes to the road as a driver, passenger or pedestrian should be cognizant of the potential for an auto accident. Still, even the most cautious people can find themselves in this situation. If they are fortunate enough to survive, they still might face a litany of personal and financial challenges that will also impact their loved ones. When there is a fatality, these issues are exacerbated with those left behind wondering what to do. The entire case should be investigated to determine the cause. Having assistance with taking the necessary steps is vital from the start.