You might have thought that fatal vehicle crashes would have dropped last year. After all, many of us stopped driving to work each day. Most of us ventured out less than usual, with many of the places we typically go by car shut for at least part of the year. Surprisingly, fatal vehicle crashes rose across the country during 2020 to levels not seen since 2007.
Preliminary figures from the National Safety Council (NSC) show an 8% rise in deaths on the road compared to 2019. Almost 3,000 more people died. Injuries will have gone up to around 4.75 million if the usual rate of 1 death to every 114 injuries continues to apply. Yet, the number of miles people traveled went down by 13%.
At first glance, the figures make little sense. However, law enforcement officers across the country reported that drivers were driving more recklessly because there was less traffic:
If a speeding driver crashes into you, it is vital to claim compensation for any injuries they cause you.