Whether you drive, walk near traffic or ride a bike on a regular basis, it is imperative to watch out for the risk of a traffic collision. Sadly, many victims die in these accidents, which take place for a number of different reasons, from people who operate a vehicle after drinking to speeding and distractions such as cell phones.
It is important for drivers to realize how widespread traffic accident fatalities are and you should take steps to reduce the likelihood of a deadly accident.
How many traffic crash victims died in 2019?
According to a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Transportation, traffic accident fatalities declined in 2019 when compared to 2018. In fact, fatalities among passengers decreased by 4% and drivers by 3%. There were 3% fewer pedal cyclist fatalities and 2% fewer pedestrian deaths. Moreover, 2018 and 2017 also saw a decline in the number of traffic fatalities in comparison to previous years.
Although it is encouraging that fewer people died in motor vehicle collisions during this period, the DOT reports that over 36,000 people lost their lives in traffic wrecks during 2019.
Did large truck accident fatalities increase?
The DOT states that while traffic crash fatalities decreased on many fronts, the number of deaths involving a large truck went up by 1%. This uptick draws attention to the risks people face on the road and highlights the importance of accident prevention. If you recently lost a loved one due to a careless driver, make sure you thoroughly examine strategies to hold the driver answerable and obtain any benefits you are eligible for.