Since 2017, reports have shown that the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents has been steadily dropping in the United States. In 2019, it appears that 1.2% fewer people died in accidents than in 2018. However, this percentage could be revised when National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases its full report in late 2020.
Speculation about the decrease
While motor vehicle accidents have been steadily decreasing, Americans haven’t been driving less; in fact, the report showed that Americans drove nearly 30 billion miles more in 2019 than they drove in 2018. Some experts speculate that motor vehicle accidents are decreasing because of new safety features like emergency braking, which come standard in vehicles produced in recent years.
Despite these statistics, the Governors Highway Safety Association reports that thousands of people are still killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. The GHSA has noted that more drivers have been speeding on the roads although the exact statistics for 2020 are not yet available.
How to proceed after a motor vehicle accident
“Car accidents” is a broad category that encompasses a wide variety of accidents, including motorcycle accidents, bicycle collisions, pedestrian deaths and injuries, and more. Whatever the case, a motor vehicle accident can lead to severe injury or death as well as emotional pain and suffering.
An individual who finds themselves or a family member to be the victim of an accident might benefit from contacting an attorney. An attorney may be able to assess the extent of the damages, both physical and emotional. The attorney might then help the client file an insurance claim to receive the proper compensation and launch a lawsuit against the other party involved in the accident.