Motor vehicle accidents become unavoidable in many circumstances. Tragically, numerous fatal accidents result from someone’s unacceptable negligence. In 2021, the number of fatal accidents increased significantly over the previous year. Regardless of when a deadly accident occurs, anyone whose unacceptable behavior on the road causes harm to others may face civil or even criminal consequences for their actions.
2021 and deadly accident statistics
The accident statistics for 2021 are sobering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 43,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in that year. The figure represents a significant increase from 2020, a year with fewer vehicles on the road.
Since fewer drivers traveled in 2020, a segment of commuters might have developed bad habits. With fewer people crowding the roads, someone might travel faster than usual or commit various moving violations they would not otherwise perform. Such bad habits may carry over into 2021, possibly contributing to the increased fatality figures.
Then some routinely violate traffic laws. Their behavior might have worsened during 2020, contributing to 2021’s accident statistics.
Negligence and driving in 2021
Taking chances with other people’s safety might be a grossly irresponsible decision by a driver. Someone choosing to speed 15 miles above the posted limit undermines the ability to drive safely. Motor vehicle accidents become less avoidable when someone goes too fast or otherwise ignores traffic laws.
A civil lawsuit may follow after an accident. If someone dies from the collision, expect a wrongful death suit in the aftermath. Victims might sue for bodily injury and property damage as well. Sometimes, an insurance settlement may put an end to the litigation.