While different government agencies and reporting entities give different perspectives of motor vehicle accidents across the United States through the use of statistics and numbers, which can vary from one year to the next, we know one thing for sure. Far too many accidents occur on American roads every year, injuring and killing innocent victims and changing the lives of those they love forever. Yet, despite increased technology and safety features in the vehicles Americans drive, injuries and fatalities remain a serious concern regardless of state.
Statistics are a critical factor in how discoveries happen in science. Professionals can use statistical data to make decisions and predictions. For example, statistics allows people to understand a subject matter more deeply. However, year after year, it seems that motor vehicle accident statistics make little to no difference in reducing or preventing accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Unfortunately, statistics don’t just represent numbers and scientific tabulations. More importantly, they also represent real faces and lives changed, ruined, and even lost in motor vehicle accidents. Of course, if you or a loved one became one of these statistics, you must know that legal help is available to you by hiring a car accident attorney.
It takes time to gather figures and determine statistical data; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its crash estimates for the first quarter of 2022.
Their statistical estimation of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2022 reveals:
During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, roadway fatalities spiked, as did the fatality rate per 100 million VMT.
Unfortunately, the upward trend of motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2020 has run over into 2021 and trickled into at least the first quarter of 2022. The increase in the fatality rate per 100 million VMT in 2020 also continued into the first quarter of 2021.
Still, it surprisingly decreased in the second, third, and fourth quarters of the same year, but it shows up again in the first quarter of 2022.
NHTSA continues to collect and complete crash fatality data for 2021 and 2022 using information from law enforcement crash reports and other reputable national sources.
Vehicles get safer every year, and at the same time, U.S. roadway deaths continue to increase. About 13 motor vehicle accidents happen every minute, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In 20202 alone, these car accidents cost the economy approximately $474 billion, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Even though driving is inherently dangerous, motorists can take specific steps, including using defensive driving skills to help prevent costly and deadly accidents.
Still not convinced dangerous roads are a problem in America today?
Consider these motor vehicle collisions statistics:
According to the NSC, estimates reveal that only nine states experienced a decline in motor vehicle accident fatalities between 2020 and 2021, including:
What’s even more alarming is that at least eight states experienced more than a 15 percent increase in the estimated number of deaths last year over the previous year:
According to the NHTSA, there were 42,915 motor vehicle fatalities in 2021, up 10.5 percent from 2020, representing the highest increase in year-to-year fatalities in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
Less driving during 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic might account for the sudden increase. However, then in 2021, people may have begun to drive more, and motor vehicle fatalities increased along with the increase in miles traveled.
According to the NHTSA, the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle collisions are:
The CDC reports that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans between ages one and 54. However, some populations are more likely than others to be involved in a deadly motor vehicle collision. For instance, teenage motorists are one of the most vulnerable demographics.
Almost every year between 1975 and 2020, there were two male motor vehicle accident fatalities for every female motor vehicle accident fatality, according to the IIHS. Why is this? Probably because men usually drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in risky conduct such as driving while under the influence, speeding, and not wearing seatbelts. Speeding was more of a factor in motor vehicle crashes with male drivers than female drivers annually between 1982 and 2020.
According to the NHTSA, there were 5,579 fatalities from motorcycle accidents in 2020 compared to 5,044 in 2019, representing a sharp increase of 11 percent. This is the most significant one-year percentage increase ever, confirming that 2020 was the deadliest year for America’s motorcyclists. Unfortunately, NHTSA’s preliminary numbers for total traffic deaths in 2021 reveal substantial increases in the first three quarters compared to the same periods in 2020.
Additional motorcycle accident statistics of note include:
While there’s no debate that car crashes can cause serious injury or death, they also emotionally impact those involved, even though people discuss these struggles less often. For example, motor vehicle collision survivors sometimes have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), causing them to be fearful and anxious about getting in a vehicle or driving one in the future. Between 21 percent and 67 percent of car crash survivors report experiencing depressive moods. Furthermore, almost half experience anxiety and driving phobia after an accident, according to one study.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident, make it a priority to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer in your area today. The sooner you meet with one, the sooner they can begin protecting your rights and pursuing full and fair compensation on your behalf. Don’t speak to the insurance claims adjuster until you hire an attorney. Car accident claims handled with legal counsel are typically much more successful than those that aren’t. Contact us at Boohoff Law to get your consultation today,