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Multiple States See Car Accident Deaths Increase Over 30% in First Half of 2021

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Multiple States See Car Accident Deaths Increase Over 30% in First Half of 2021

Multiple States See Car Accident Deaths Increase Over 30% in First Half of 2021

Oct 21, 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory lockdowns consuming much of the year, 2020 proved to be particularly deadly for drivers. With a mileage death rate of 1.49 deaths per 100 vehicle miles traveled, last year saw a 24% increase when compared to figures from 2019.

Unfortunately, new data released by the National Safety Council (NSC) indicates 2021 will actually be even more deadly than 2020, with many states seeing year-over-year traffic fatality increases exceeding 30%.

In terms of total motor vehicle deaths, the NSC estimates that for the first six months of 2021 there were 21,450 fatalities recorded. That’s a staggering 16% jump from 2020 (when approximately 18,480 fatalities were recorded in the first half of the year) and a 17% increase from 2019.

In terms of the estimated mileage death rate for the first half of 2021, NSC data indicates 1.43 deaths are occurring for every 100 vehicle miles traveled. That represents a 3% increase from the first half of 2020 (at 1.39 deaths per 100 vehicle miles traveled) and a whopping 24% increase from 2019.

Furthermore, the estimated number of nonfatal medically consulted injuries resulting from car crashes during in the first six months of 2021 was 2,445,000. A ‘medically consulted injury’ is defined as one serious enough that a medical professional had to be consulted.

Overall, the estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in the first half of 2021 was $241.9 billion, according to NSC data.

States See Dramatic Increase in Car Accident Fatalities

Data from the NSC indicates that for the first six months of 2021, eight states saw an increase of 30% or more in term of year-over-year motor vehicle deaths.

Those states include:

  • Oregon: 261 deaths recorded (representing a 51% increase)
  • South Dakota: 65 deaths recorded (representing a 51% increase)
  • Minnesota: 211 deaths recorded (representing a 41% increase)
  • Idaho: 107 deaths recorded (representing a 39% increase)
  • Nevada: 181 deaths recorded (representing a 38% increase)
  • Utah: 150 deaths recorded (representing a 36% increase)
  • Vermont: 28 deaths recorded (representing a 33% increase)
  • Tennessee: 682 deaths recorded (representing a 30% increase)

The National Safety Council’s president and CEO, Lorraine Martin, cited speeding and distracted driving as an overwhelming factor in the increasing number of car accident fatalities.

These figures are not only alarming but devastating as we see once again too many lives lost on the roads,” Martin said in a statement. “It is up to each and every one of us to do everything we can to be safe and keep each other safe.”

While eight states saw sharp increases in motor vehicle fatalities for the first half of 2021, others recorded decreases.

Those states that recorded decreasing year-over-year motor vehicle fatality numbers for the first half of 2021 include:

  • Maine: 54 deaths recorded (representing a 22% decrease)
  • Kansas: 166 deaths recorded (representing a 19% decrease)
  • Alaska: 22 deaths recorded (representing an 8% decrease)
  • Rhode Island: 32 deaths recorded (representing a 6% decrease)
  • Connecticut: 147 deaths recorded (representing a 1% decrease)
  • Wisconsin: 242 deaths recorded (representing a 1% decrease)

After 42,000 motor vehicle deaths were recorded in 2020, NSC vice president Mark Chung cautioned the nation that the roads were becoming more dangerous.

We need to help each other in making the roads in our communities safer for all users,” Chung said in a statement. “If you witness unsafe driving behaviors, say something if you are able and possibly save someone from losing their life.”

Complete data for 2021 is expected to be released by the NSC in the spring of 2022.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Car Accident

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of another’s negligence or carelessness, the experienced and trusted attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) will fight to help you recover maximum financial compensation for various types of applicable damages.

At DLG, we pursue every available type of damages for your car accident claim – both economic and non-economic (and, in rare cases, punitive).

Some common damages that may be recoverable after a car accident injury include:

Economic Damages:

  • Hospital or medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical therapy expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost earning capacity

Non-Economic Damages:

When it comes to recovering maximum financial compensation for your claim, having the best car accident attorneys available can prove to be an invaluable advantage. At DLG, we’re led by Sam Dordulian, former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with over 25 years of personal injury experience.

Dordulian prepares every car accident claim for trial, meaning that unlike settlement mill firms we’ll fight to recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve every time – even if it means taking the case to court. With over 100 jury trial victories, Dordulian offers car accident victims a level of experience that can’t be matched by most other firms.

DLG’s dedication and proven results are why California car accident victims consistently choose us to handle their claims and help ensure justice is secured. We provide clients added advantages and benefits that can’t be found elsewhere:

  • More than $100,000,000 successfully recovered in settlements and verdicts
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Multiple States See Car Accident Deaths Increase Over 30% in First Half of 2021

Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation. When you bring your car accident claim to one of our dedicated team members, we’ll begin an exhaustive process in pursuit of justice on your behalf that includes:

  1. Reviewing the facts of your case
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Schedule an appointment online for a free consultation today, or call us directly at (866) 369-5435 to speak to our top-rated, expert car accident attorneys.

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If you’ve suffered any type of injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision, you could be facing years of chronic pain and medical expenses. Accordingly, you need a skilled, trusted, and proven attorney like Sam Dordulian to help ensure you recover all applicable financial compensation needed to make a full recovery.

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States See Dramatic Increase in Car Accident Fatalities


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