Studies have shown that the number of car accident fatalities in California and across the United States has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. In 2017, over 40,000 people died in accidents. In 2018, that number decreased to about 39,400; in 2019, it was about 38,800. Studies have also shown that the number of serious car injuries has decreased about 2% since 2018.
Why are the number of car accident fatalities decreasing?
Some researchers believe that the number of fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents is dropping due to stricter regulations on drunk driving. For example, Utah has reduced the legal blood alcohol concentration limit to 0.05. Some states have also redesigned highways that have high levels of accidents to reduce the risk.
Additionally, most modern vehicles have advanced safety features like backup cameras, LED headlights, automatic braking and lane departure alerts. These features might play a role in the declining number of car accident fatalities.
How can drivers reduce their risk of getting into a car accident?
To reduce their risk of causing an accident, drivers should never get behind the wheel while they’re drunk or under the influence of drugs. They should also avoid driving when they’re fatigued. People should also avoid driving while texting, eating, drinking, making a phone call or doing anything else that might distract them from the highway.
Additionally, drivers should stay informed about their vehicle and its safety features. They should drive the most recent vehicle they can afford so that they can take advantage of modern safety features. Drivers should also pay attention to car recalls.
How can an attorney help a car accident victim?
A personal injury attorney may be able to help a car accident victim seek compensation from the other party. The attorney might also represent victims of truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, hit-and-run accidents and more.