No year passes without California logging traffic accidents. Tragically, some accidents result in fatalities. With such a massively populated state that sees millions of commuters traveling every day, accidents happen. Accident figures from 2021 prove alarming, as the United States faced a shocking increase in traffic fatalities. Such a horrific trend could continue into 2022, so drivers might need to be more careful when traveling.
2021 proves deadly for commuters
The increase in traffic fatalities during 2021 appears shocking. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the first six months of 2021 saw the most significant increase in traffic fatalities ever recorded “in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.”
The increase ranks as the highest on record since 2006, leading many to speculate why. One factor is more people took to the roads in 2021 than 2020, but more drivers don’t always translate into more accidents — usually, negligence factors into the disastrous results.
Negligence and 2021’s fatality statistics
Not surprisingly, two common causes for fatal motor vehicle accidents reared their heads in 2021: speeding and intoxicated driving. Both are moving violations, and drunk driving might lead to criminal charges.
When someone drives too fast, reaction time decreases. Being unable to stop in time when a child runs out into the street could have tragic consequences. Inebriation may result in someone being thoroughly unable to safely operate a vehicle. Some drunk driving arrests involve high-speed chases that cause property damage and serious injuries.
The basics count regarding safety. Wearing a seat belt could prevent or reduce injuries in an accident, yet many people do not wear them. “People” means drivers and passengers alike. Not wearing a seat belt might leave someone suffering a concussion, whiplash, back injuries, or other harm.
Negligent drivers may face civil consequences. Those who put others in danger may be liable for injuries.