In Alabama and across the United States, 2020 saw fewer people on the road. At first glance, this might be expected to lead to fewer auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. However, a report says that this is not the case.
Fatality statistics yield surprising results
According to the National Safety Council, there was an 8% spike in auto accident fatalities in 2020. More than 42,000 people lost their lives in these incidents. Even with the reduction in miles driven, which is a key aspect of calculating the rate of road deaths, there was an increase in fatalities of almost one-quarter when compared to 2019. This is the biggest increase in nearly 100 years.
Other agencies provide statistical compilations regarding accidents each year. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not release its findings yet, it has provided preliminary information: Through September of 2020, fatalities were up similarly to the NSC assessment. Speculation suggests that because there were fewer vehicles on the road, drivers felt free to take risks including distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and other dangerous behaviors. These activities frequently contribute to car accidents.
Drivers should pay attention to these trends
This report was unexpected given the circumstances and indicates that drivers are taking liberties due to less traffic. Accidents can happen without warning and for many reasons. When there is a collision, the entire case must be investigated, evidence should be gathered, and those who were impacted are advised to have experienced help when thinking about how to proceed. Because people can face medical costs, lost income, and a litany of other challenges after a crash, it is important to understand the available options for seeking compensation.