The National Safety Council estimates that 38,800 people died in auto accidents in 2019. Pennsylvania residents should know that this is 2% fewer than the 39,404 who died in 2018 and 4% fewer than the 40,231 who died in 2017. While a slight decline for two years in a row is good news, the numbers are still admittedly high. The NSC says that 4.4 million crash victims had to seek medical attention in 2019, which represented a 2% decline as well.
Some states became safer than others
The drop in fatalities was most pronounced in Vermont (31%), New Hampshire (30%) and South Dakota and Washington, D.C. (both 21%). Other states saw an increase in fatalities, most notably Maine (35%), Wyoming (32%) and Delaware (20%). Such differences are to be expected as states will vary in how much they do to improve road safety.
Various reasons for the decline
Many new vehicles come with advanced driver assistance systems, which have helped to prevent many collisions. In addition, several cities have adopted Vision Zero models for mitigating crash risk, which largely center on making high-crash areas safer. In the effort to curb DUI, Utah has lowered its legal limit for blood alcohol content to 0.05, and some states may follow suit. These are several possible factors in the decline.
For those injured by a negligent driver
Perhaps you were one of the 4.4 million people who incurred a personal injury and went to the hospital. You may still be dealing with the effects of your injuries. Pennsylvania is a no-fault state, so you may be wondering how you can move forward in seeking compensation for your losses. This is where an attorney may come in and give guidance. If you file a claim, you may have the attorney negotiate on your behalf and more.