In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers were forced to stay home, resulting in fewer drivers on the road. Throughout 2020, a likely assumption existed that a smaller number of motor vehicles would equate to fewer accidents.
In reality, the opposite was true. the number of auto accidents went up, which should have been a sign of the present state of dangerous road travel throughout the United States.
Accidents at an all-time high
Driving presents more risks than at any time in history nationwide. In fact, many see it as the most dangerous thing anyone can do. Many consider it a public health crisis with fatal motor vehicle collision numbers in the millions, matching the number of gun-related deaths. Currently, the U.S. has the highest fatality rate than anywhere in the world.
In 2020, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that car accidents killed 42,060 people, an increase of 39,017 from the previous year. Yet, car travel went down 13 percent, making last year the highest single-year increase in close to a century. Traffic experts speculate that the lack of traffic jams emboldened some drivers to drive at significantly higher speeds while driving drunk or without seatbelts.
2021 is not looking much better. The NSC reports estimates that reveal motor vehicle deaths increased by 16 percent during the first six months.
Dangers on the road persist. In a split second, a negligent driver traveling recklessly can change and end lives. Holding the driver accountable may require the help of a skilled personal injury attorney.