2020 was the year of stay-at-home orders, canceled trips, lockdowns, and social distancing. Needless to say, many of us spent more time inside our homes than ever before. Yet, while there were fewer people on the road, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a surprisingly high number of deadly car accidents.
The NHTSA estimates that 28,190 people died in car accidents in the first nine months of 2020, between January and September. This is a 4.6% increase in deadly car crashes in the same period from the year before, when there were around 26,941 fatalities.
So, why exactly did car crashes increase during this time period? In a letter addressed to the nation’s drivers, the safety agency stated that the most likely cause of these numbers was an increase in risky driving behavior that developed when fewer cars were on the road.
Specifically, some of the factors that led to more fatal car crashes in 2020 include:
If you were injured in a car accident caused by another person during the pandemic, you have a right to pursue compensation in order to make up for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Remember, the statute of limitations in California car accident cases is two years from the date of the accident.
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