The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released data on traffic accidents in 2020. According to the agency, the rate of traffic accident fatalities have risen to the highest levels since 2007.
Interestingly, the number of crashes and injuries have decreased. Why the discrepancy? Although there were less accidents in 2020, the NHTSA found an increase in the severity of accidents.
How can drivers reduce the risk of a fatal accident?
The old saying from G.I. Joe, “knowing is half the battle,” holds true. If we know why these accidents are happening, we can take steps to protect ourselves and reduce the risk of involvement in a serious crash. Researchers with NHTSA point to three main causes for the increase in fatalities in 2020:
- Speeding. One or both drivers were speeding at the time of the accident.
- Alcohol impairment. Drunk driving continues to be a primary cause of serious accidents in our country.
- Failure to wear a seatbelt. A relatively easy fix, those who buckle up are less likely to suffer fatal injuries when involved in a car accident.
Avoiding similar behaviors, and wearing a seatbelt, can help mitigate the risk of a fatal accident.
What if I am involved in a serious crash?
Unfortunately, even those who take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones can become victims of a serious car accident. Those who believe the accident is the result of another driver’s negligent or reckless driving can likely hold that driver responsible for the accident through a civil lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can lead to funds to help cover the costs that result from the crash, while holding the driver accountable for their actions and deterring others from making the same poor choices.