In Texas and throughout the United States, auto accidents with injuries and fatalities are always a worry. That can be due to other drivers behaving recklessly, driving while distracted, getting behind the wheel under the influence or for other reasons. In addition, the past two-plus years have been difficult with myriad challenges in every facet of life. One fact that has garnered significant attention is the rise in the number of fatal auto accidents.
Early statistics for 2021 show increase in fatal crashes
As the statistics for 2021 are being assessed, the issue of spiking road deaths is coming to the forefront. Through September, there were more than 31,700 road fatalities. This estimate is 12% worse than the same juncture in 2020. It is also the worst increase since the Department of Transportation (DOT) began tracking fatalities in 1975 and is the most deaths in the first nine months of the year since 2006. The Southern and Western parts of the U.S. led the way in the fatality increase. The federal government is trying to find ways to reduce the number of accidents. Some strategies include lowering speed limits and changing how roads are designed. Enhanced enforcement of risky behaviors like speeding are also being encouraged.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is planning to require newly built vehicles to have safety features like automatic braking and warnings if drivers are drifting from their lane. Because fewer people have been on the road since 2019, there has been a troubling number of people who have flouted the law in various ways. Even with that, the problem has been getting worse for at least a decade with road fatalities up by nearly one-third in the last 10 years.
Facing the aftermath of an auto accident can be complex and costly
The increasing danger on the roads is adding a new and worrisome aspect to what drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians must face. Since statistics indicate that the fatal accident numbers are getting progressively worse, it is imperative to be cautious and try to remain safe. When there is an auto accident, the problems that arise can seem insurmountable. That includes medical costs, lost companionship, less income and more. Even if the person survives the accident, their lives may be radically different. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will need answers on how to move forward. Accruing evidence and taking the next step may require professional guidance. This can be key with reaching a positive resolution.