Traffic deaths spiked in 2020, despite fewer cars on the road

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | personal injury |

The year 2020 brought many changes to the lives of those in Gainesville and across the U.S. Rather than commuting to work, many began working at home. Travel between states was discouraged. Even simply going to restaurants or movie theaters was not always possible. Simply put, travel on our nation’s roads went down in 2020. However, does this mean traffic deaths also went down?

Traffic deaths spiked in 2020

Despite the fact that there were fewer motorists on the road in 2020, according to the National Safety Council 2020 saw an uptick of 8% in the number of motor vehicle fatalities. In 2020, there was a 13% decline in the number of miles driven in the country. However, the estimated rate of traffic fatalities in 2020 jumped 24% over the past 12-month period. In 2020, 42,060 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, compared to 39,107 fatalities in 2019.

Why the uptick in traffic fatalities?

It may seem counterintuitive that traffic deaths would rise, given that there were fewer vehicles on the road. However, less traffic may have caused more drivers to drive recklessly. For example, more motorists may have engaged in speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving. All motorists have a duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. If this duty is breached and causes the death of another person, the at-fault drive may be held responsible for the crash.

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Ultimately, this post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want to learn more about their rights may want to review our firm’s webpage on personal injury and wrongful death for further information.