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Traffic deaths spiked in 2021

On Behalf of | May 25, 2022 | Personal Injury

People in Alabama and across the United States travel by vehicle on a daily basis. The return to in-person work and outside activities following health restriction have led to more crowded roads, which some experts say could be responsible for the escalating number of serious injuries and deaths. In 2021, almost 43,000 people were killed in roadway incidents, marking the highest number of traffic deaths in 16 years. Specifically, deaths due to car accidents rose 10.5% over the previous year, 2020, the largest single jump since the beginning of statistical collection in 1975.

Roadway risks pose a threat

Of course, some of the spike in 2021 was associated with an increasing number of drivers after many had been largely off the roads the previous year due to pandemic restrictions. In 2021, people drove 11.2% more miles than they did in 2020. In other cases, people may have engaged in riskier driving, especially if there were fewer cars on the roads for the same reasons. However, not all of the concerns could be attributed simply to a return behind the wheel, especially since numbers topped previous, pre-pandemic, totals for traffic accidents.

Car accidents a nationwide trend

Across the country, Alabama joined 43 other states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with an increase in auto collision deaths in 2021. Each day, almost 118 people lost their lives due to roadway accidents, some linked to speeding, driving under the influence and distracted driving, and even more were seriously injured.

Even when a crash is not fatal, the severe injuries that can result from a collision can take a major toll on a person’s life. They may face ongoing disabilities, costly medical treatment and time away from work as a result. Federal and state regulators are urging increased actions and safety campaigns to address the threat posed by devastating auto accidents.

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