NHTSA Sounds Alarm on Increase in Motor Vehicle Fatalities


The National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) put out a report stating that the number of motor vehicle fatalities across the United States increased by more than 10% in the first three months of 2021. This continues a disturbing trend that saw the fatality rate increase dramatically throughout 2020, even though the number of vehicles on the road went down. The NHTSA has pledged to take steps to try to reduce this fatality rate, even as the factors that contribute to it remain a serious problem.

Looking at the Statistics

            The NHTSA estimated that 8,730 people died in motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States from January to March in 2021. This is approximately 10.5% higher than the 7,900 people who died during the same period in 2020. This fatality rate has gone up dramatically, despite the fact that many people were not travelling throughout 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Explaining the Increase in Motor Vehicle Fatalities

            Ironically, one major reason that motor vehicle fatalities went up during 2020 may be a result of there being so few people driving during the COVID-19 quarantine. With the roads being so empty, many people felt less reason to adhere to traffic safety laws, especially those relating to speeding or signaling. Although more people are driving again, many people have retained those same bad habits they learned at the height of the pandemic. This has led to more accidents, and more fatalities when accidents occur.

Habits That Contribute to Motor Vehicle Fatalities

            The single worst habit that people have picked up during the pandemic is speeding. It is not a coincidence that as the number of speeding tickets in New York increased, so too did the number of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. In addition, many people will turn or change lanes without signaling, or will weave between lanes in the middle of traffic. Another common issue is distracted driving, with people using their cell phones or performing other tasks when they should be focusing on driving.

What to Do If You Get Into an Accident

            If you or someone you love gets into an accident, they should contact an attorney immediately to discuss their rights and also seek immediate medical attention; even if you do not feel hurt; you may have a hidden injury you are not aware of that is being masked from the adrenaline of an accident.

            If you have been injured in a motorcycle or car accident due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. With law offices conveniently located in Brooklyn and Manhattan, their personal injury lawyers can vigorously represent clients throughout the metropolitan area, including in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and New Jersey. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, please call (718) 238-2400 or fill out our contact form