Report Shows Deadly Driving Crashes Spiked During Pandemic
New data confirms a tragic trend that local officials in Colorado and across the country spotted during the pandemic: As people stayed home and roads opened up, drivers got a lot riskier.
Although Americans drove significantly fewer miles last year, the total number of people killed in auto accidents jumped by more than 7 percent, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 39,000 people died in crashes over the year, the largest number since 2007.
What we can gather from the data is that the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing of schools and businesses across the county have impacted driving patterns and even the behavior of motorists. With less drivers on the road, the reports indicate that drivers engaged in more risky behavior by speeding, skipping seatbelts and even driving while under the influence.
The agency data shows that the average speed has increased throughout the year.
More than 23,000 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, up 5 percent from last year, along with more than 6,200 pedestrians. Another 5,000 motorcyclists (up 9 percent) and 850 bicyclists (up 5 percent).
Fatalities were up 4 percent in NHTSA’s Region 8, which includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Across the country, accidents in which police reported that alcohol played a factor were up 9 percent over the year. Single-vehicle crashes (9 percent) and those in which speeding played a role (11 percent) also rose last year.
Injured in a Crash? Here is What You Need to Know
Anyone who is injured in a car accident in Colorado has the right to seek compensation from those responsible, including negligent drivers (and their insurers), shoddy vehicle manufacturers and road crews that create hazards that lead to a crash.
The money damages in these cases is designed to make a person financially whole after an accident. The compensation typically covers medical bills, missed wages, property damage and any reduction in long-term earning capacity. Additional money damages may also be available for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
It is important to have a seasoned personal injury attorney in your corner to help you understand your rights and options.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Colorado, a Denver accident attorney at Levine Law can help you maximize your compensation. We invite you to contact our law firm and learn about your legal options to see how we can help you and your family after a car accident.