According to preliminary numbers in a report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accident-related deaths rose by 18.4% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same time frame in 2020.
The report runs from January to June 2021. With an estimated death count of 20,160, this is the highest six-month increase ever recorded by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
A growing crisis
The United States Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, said they will “produce the Department’s first ever National Roadway Safety Strategy to identify action steps for everyone working to save lives on the road.”
The National Roadway Safety Strategy is scheduled to be released in January 2022. It aims to reduce car accident-related deaths and severe injuries by coordinating and combining efforts from ” all levels of government, the private sector, and communities to reverse the current trend.”
The number one cause of car accidents is distracted driving
The preliminary report shows a dramatic increase in fatalities leaving many shocked and saddened. Many families and friends lost loved ones in these car accidents. Nationally, distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. Unfortunately, it is also one of the easiest types of car accidents to avoid. Texting and driving, not paying attention, and even streaming while driving are some common ways people drive distracted.
What can you do?
Reducing the number of car accidents starts with you. You have the power to spread awareness and share insight into the consequences of distracted driving, reckless driving, and of driving under the influence. There are dozens of car accident causes, but these three are among the easiest to avoid committing.
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident. Choose the lawyers at Long, Jean & Wechsler, P.A. to represent you. We know how to win cases. Our team is compassionate, understanding, and works around the clock for you. There is no cost or fee to you unless we win.
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