Whether you become involved in an accident while driving, riding a bike or walking, the crash could shatter your life. Aside from devastating injuries that have the potential to create lifelong hardships, many accident victims lose their lives.
If you lose someone you love in a traffic collision, the tragic crash could leave you and other family members with permanent emotional trauma. Sadly, statistics show that even more families found themselves in this position during 2021.
Statistics on traffic accident deaths in 2021
Estimates published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an increase in traffic accident deaths during 2021 in comparison to 2020. Based on their projections, more than 42,900 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021, 10.5% more than in 2020. This reflects the largest yearly increase in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the most traffic accident deaths since 2005.
Data shows that fatal accidents involving multiple vehicles and deaths on roads in urban areas went up by 16%. Deaths among drivers 65 and over increased by 14% and pedestrian deaths increased by 13%. The NHTSA also notes significant increases in traffic accident deaths involving motorcyclists (9% higher), bicyclists (a 5% increase) and speeding (5% more).
Seeking justice after a deadly traffic accident
In the wake of a fatal crash, emotional pain could leave you feeling hopeless. No amount of money can make up for your loss, but it is paramount to seek justice on behalf of your loved one. You could have many questions, and it is pivotal to hold a driver answerable if his or her negligence caused your loved one to die. Make sure you carefully analyze what occurred on the road and take steps to hold a negligent driver answerable for causing a fatal traffic accident.