2021 Car Crash Fatalities Could Be at Highest Levels in 15 Years

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) show that 2021 is poised to see a sharp increase in fatal vehicle incidents, continuing a troubling trend from 2020.  In 2020, car crashes resulting in fatalities increased by about 7.5 percent over 2019 numbers, even with the pandemic reducing overall driving mileage by 13 percent.  And in the first half of 2021, car-involved fatalities increased by 16 percent over the same period in 2020.  If the increase remains the same, fatal car crashes could be at their highest level since 2006.

The increase in fatal car crashes during the pandemic, even with reduced levels of traffic, is attributed to more aggressive and reckless driving.  More drivers traveled at excessive speed due to the reduced traffic, with many more choosing to drive while intoxicated or without seat belts, resulting in more serious and fatal injuries in car crashes.  But even as traffic has returned to normal levels, the number of fatal crashes continues to rise.  It is unknown why this trend has not reversed yet.

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There are several solutions to reducing the number of fatal accidents, some of which have been demonstrated as effective in other parts of the country and the world.  Most of the solutions involve lowering the speed at which vehicles drive, including lower speed limits, speed trap cameras, roundabouts, and road diets.  Los Angeles is one of the major cities participating in Vision Zero, with the goal of reducing traffic deaths to zero by 2025.  Los Angeles County is also participating, but with the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2035.  While the progress of Vision Zero in Los Angeles has not yet proven to be effective, it continues to be implemented.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth encourages everyone on the road to drive safely to ensure you reach your destination unharmed.  As a car accident law firm, we have seen too many lives changed by the careless actions of reckless drivers.  We help the victims of car accidents seek physical, mental, and financial recovery for injuries suffered in a crash.  We provide free initial consultations and a no win no fee guarantee.  Call us today at 888-517-9888.

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