In California and across the nation, people have been forced to adapt to a dramatically different environment. A byproduct to the ongoing health concerns is increased danger on the road. Researchers say that people have been placed in greater jeopardy for injuries and fatalities because of worse driving behaviors. It was a problem through 2020 and, as recent information shows, that has continued into 2021. People who take to the road as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian should be cognizant of this as they try to stay safe. After an accident, they should also be fully aware of their options.
NHTSA says road fatalities through March were the worst in a decade
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its new estimates for road fatalities in the first three months of 2021. It says approximately 8,730 people lost their lives during that time-period. There had been a troubling spike in auto accident fatalities from the start of the crisis through the end of 2020. This was believed to have occurred because drivers were speeding, driving while distracted, driving drunk and committing other violations. They felt free to do so because of less traffic and a stretched-thin law enforcement. There was hope that this would reduce as society slowly returned to normal. However, the first three months of 2021 showed a similar trend.
The number of deaths rose by more than 10% from January to March compared to the same time in 2020 – before the lockdowns and changes to the way people lived went into effect. Even more troubling is the assessment by the National Safety Council that 460 people will lose their lives in a crash over Labor Day. Traffic volume is beginning to resemble what it was prior to the crisis. Still, there are concerns that drivers might maintain their dangerous behaviors.
Weighing the best option after an auto accident may require help
Those who have been negatively impacted by personal injury or loss of life in an auto accident should know the potential problems they will face. Injuries will likely lead to medical treatment, rehabilitation, surgeries and needing help with even the most basic of everyday tasks. It can inhibit a person’s ability to work and contribute to a family. Fatalities leave a family without a loved one and can cause financial and emotional challenges. The entire case must be assessed to determine how and why it happened. Evidence must be accrued. From the start, it is a priority to have experienced guidance to know how to move forward and cover for all that was lost.