The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just released its early estimates of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2022 and the numbers show a dangerous and concerning trend. According to the agency, there was a 7% increase in traffic-related deaths this year as compared to the first quarter of 2021. In its recent press release, the NHTSA said that the number represents the highest number of first-quarter fatalities since 2002.
This is by no means the first time the NHTSA has demonstrated a problematic increase in road injuries and deaths. For example, 42,915 Americans died in motor vehicle crashes last year, up from 38,824 fatalities in 2020. In fact, the United States has one of the highest numbers of roadway accidents across the globe, rendering motor vehicle crashes a leading cause of death in the country.
There are a variety of risk factors for car accidents, which claim the lives of tens of thousands of people and injure millions more each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the U.S. significantly outnumbers other high-income countries when it comes to low rates of front seat belt use, drunk driving-related collisions, and crashes that involve speeding. Here are some other noteworthy facts on car accidents from the CDC:
According to the NHTSA, some of the riskiest driving behaviors include speeding, drowsy driving, distracted driving, not wearing a seat belt, and drug and alcohol-impaired driving.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the Biden-Harris administration and the NHTSA are all focused on reducing traffic fatalities. The Biden-Harris administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (or the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) has funneled considerable amounts of money towards improving highway safety. Earlier this year, the DOT announced the creation of the National Roadway Safety Strategy, which centers on keeping people, roads and vehicles safer. The NHTSA has also launched several effective awareness campaigns, the most recent being “Speeding Wrecks Lives”, which serves to change people’s attitudes about speeding and reminds them of the deadly consequences.
Although safety campaigns, strategies and laws are useful tools when it comes to promoting safer roads, it is critical that drivers, too, pledge to drive safely and behave responsibly behind the wheel. Drivers should:
At Galfand Berger LLP, we win 98% of our cases and settle 95%. When someone gets injured in a car accident, their whole life can change in the blink of an eye. Our attorneys can help make sure that the victim and their family are not impacted financially after an accident and can also help them recoup losses like medical bills, continuing medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Here are just a few examples of our firm’s automobile accident case results:
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