While more and more people stayed home, and fewer cars were on the road, the number of car accident fatalities was higher across the United States.
The year 2020 was abnormal in many ways, to say the least. This was true with regards to traffic patterns and associated deaths as well. While more and more people stayed home, and fewer cars were on the road, the number of car accident fatalities was higher across the United States.
At first glance, the national data indicated fewer deaths overall — a decrease of almost 300 from the previous year — but a closer look showed that deaths were higher per 100 million miles. Unfortunately, this trend was also seen in the Show-Me-State as nearly 1,000 deaths occurred due to accidents, up 12 percent from the 2019 year.
The Causes of Fatal Accidents
Based on the introductory data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that many of the deaths in 2020 were related to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive speeding, and not wearing a seat belt. Other reasons could include bad weather, changes in road conditions, or failure to yield in work zones.
No matter the cause, losing a loved one can be devastating. Following the loss, families want to understand what happened, who was at fault and demanded justice to be served in honor of the deceased.
Personal Injury and Medical Treatment
According to NHTSA, it is also estimated that another 18 people are hospitalized, and upwards of 400 must be attended to medically for every person who dies in a car accident. This could include minor wounds, including cuts, abrasions, or whiplash to more severe injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injury, loss of limb, or paralysis.
While it is often a relief to have your family member recuperating in the hospital, it can also be stressful. Recovery can take a long time, depending on the injury, the number of surgeries, or related medical needs.
Seeking Legal Assistance
The Hoffmann Law Firm team has over 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injury victims and those who have lost a loved one in a car accident.
In the case of a fatality or personal injury due to another party’s negligence, we can help recover costs related to any medical care, funeral or burials, loss of income, pain and suffering, and loss of future earnings. The spouse of the injured or deceased can also file for loss of consortium, demonstrating the emotional distress and pain caused by the accident and its impact on the relationship.