People take risks when they travel in a car, even if they’ve avoided accidents for many years. One mistake could lead to a tragic incident, and there are times when collisions might be out of a careful driver’s control. Florida drivers and commuters may panic after learning government figures show an unfortunate increase in fatalities during 2020. Such information might lead some to be more careful, but negligent drivers make the road dangerous.
The deadly year of 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps track of many statistics related to vehicle collisions. The federal entity noted that 38,680 people lost their lives in 2020 due to car accidents. The number represented a 7.2% increase over 2019, despite factors contributing to fewer drivers on the road.
Many might wonder how a situation with fewer drivers traveling leads to more fatalities. Perhaps a decrease in fellow commuters caused some to take chances, such as speeding or driving recklessly. Fatal accidents don’t always require numerous cars on the road. Two vehicles colliding could prove tragic.
Negligence and dangers on the road
Not all the 2020 collisions involved cars, trucks, and SUVs. Fatal accidents also included crashes with motorcycles and pedestrians. And even if 2020’s tragic figures decline, there will always be dangers on the road.
A motor vehicle accident that ends in someone’s passing may result in a wrongful death lawsuit. If a large truck crashes into a motorcyclist, the victim may have little chance of surviving. Even those who recover could suffer from severe injuries requiring extensive care. A lawsuit or insurance claim might help the victim or their families recover compensation.