It is not unusual for traffic collisions to have devastating and even deadly outcomes. But recently released statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shed light on the alarming frequency at which these tragedies occur. In 2020, 38,824 lives were lost in motor vehicle accidents nationwide. That is the highest recorded number of road fatalities since 2007.
Saying that these deadly crashes were caused by cars is not entirely accurate. Often, they are the result of negligent or risky behaviors. The NHTSA statistics show that 45% of the drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were speeding, impaired by alcohol, and/or not wearing a seatbelt. The data paints a picture of an ongoing and nationwide traffic fatality crisis.
Here are a few more statistics from the 2020 crash data:
- Fatalities in speeding-related crashes are up 17%
- Fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes are up 14%
- Unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities are up 14%
- Motorcyclist fatalities are up 11%
- Bicyclist fatalities are up 9.2%
- Fatalities in large-truck crashes are down 1.3%
If you lost a loved one in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim for justice and compensation. Our attorney can help you pursue the money your family needs to handle your sudden expenses and protect your financial future.
Meanwhile, if you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a collision, then you could be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Insurance companies will often offer less than what you deserve. It is important to contact a lawyer who can stand up for your rights and safeguard your best interests.
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It is tough to navigate the aftermath of a traffic collision on your own. We are here to help.
Call 303-993-8685 today to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced injury attorneys. Jeffress Law proudly serves clients from Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, and surrounding areas in Colorado. We look forward to pursuing the resolution you deserve.