Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reveals that hospital trauma center patients involved in accidents had an increased use of alcohol, marijuana and opiods…
With the COVID-19 pandemic into its second year, many once novel things have become familiar: wearing a mask, physical distancing, online learning, and empty roads that used to be choked with traffic.
At Swartz & Swartz P.C., we take road safety extremely seriously. We know first-hand how devastating traffic accidents can be – that’s why we work so hard for each and every accident victim we represent to get the justice and compensation they deserve. That’s also why our attorneys keep up to date with the latest trends in traffic, paying particular attention to the more serious accidents and their causes.
While last year’s stay at home orders emptied roads and highways across America, they did not decrease the amount of traffic-related deaths in 2020. Why? According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019, and the first increase in four years.
The preliminary data from the NSC also shows that the fatality rate per 100 million miles driven spiked 24%, representing the largest annual percentage increase since the NSC started collecting data back in 1923.
Looking specifically Massachusetts data, according to the Department of Transportation, there were 334 traffic deaths in in 2020, compared to 337 in 2019. These deaths included 185 drivers, 33 passengers, 51 motorcycle operators, as well as 10 cyclists. According to the Minnesota Public Safety Department’s Office of Traffic Safety, in 2019, the Minnesota State Patrol handed out tickets to more than 500 drivers for going over 100 mph (160 kph). In 2020, that number rose to a whopping 1,068.
Looking closer at state data, we learned that the total number of crashes in 2020 dropped by more than 40,000. What does this mean? It means that crashes that did happen were more likely to result in death – a trend that reflects the NSC’s national data.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019, and the first increase in four years.
So why are more fatal accidents happening if our roads a quieter? According to both the NSC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed and risky behavior are likely the main reasons. Government officials posit that wide open, empty roads tempted more people than usual to drive at dangerous speeds.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reveals that hospital trauma center patients involved in accidents had an increased use of alcohol, marijuana and opiods, according to the results of medical tests.
While none of the data we looked at explores the motivations of people, its impossible not to come to a very grim conclusion: traffic deaths are increasing despite less people being on the road, and risky behavior is to blame.
At Swartz & Swartz P.C., we want you and your families to stay safe. As life slowly starts to return to normal and our roads and highways get increasingly busier, it will be more important than ever to obey the rules of the road and keep an eye out for dangerous drivers.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love is a victim of an at-fault accident, give us a call. Our experienced attorneys will work with to get the best possible results. Until next time, buckle up and stay safe.
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