In New Jersey and across the nation, auto accidents are an ongoing problem causing unexpected injuries, death and long-term challenges. Government agencies assess these crashes to devise solutions to enhance safety. A fundamental part of that is looking at the accident statistics. While 2021 is not over, the initial numbers for the first half of the year are stoking worry. When heading out on the road, it is wise to keep an eye on these trends. Also, knowing how and why accidents happen can be essential when considering what to do in the aftermath.
The first half of 2021 had the worst increase in road fatalities ever recorded
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 20% spike in road fatalities for the first six months of 2021 when compared to 2020. In total, more than 20,000 people lost their lives in a crash. To counteract the issues that are believed to be causing this spike, the U.S. Department of Transportation plans an initiative called the National Roadway Safety Strategy. It will begin in January.
Major factors are believed to be drivers who are exceeding the speed limit and committing other egregious behaviors due to fewer vehicles being on the road because of the ongoing societal health situation. With the upcoming safety strategy, “Vision Zero” will be emphasized. This is a program that has been implemented across the United States focusing on infrastructure, street design and showing people how to improve safety when on the road. Even with attempts to educate drivers on risky behaviors, there will continue to be distracted driving, driving under the influence, recklessness and drowsiness. These are some of the main catalysts for accidents.
Having experienced assistance is key after an auto accident
When motor vehicle accidents happen, people are understandably focused on how they will recover after their injuries. For those who have lost a loved one, these concerns are exacerbated. As the analysis for the first half of 2021 continues, New Jersey drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians should know what they are likely to face after a collision. Medical care and treatment is exorbitantly expenses. Lost time on the job and the inability to do the same work as before is a common issue. There may be limits in a person’s ability to contribute to a family. Having advice with how to move forward is critical and consulting with those experienced in auto accidents is useful from the start.