Car crashes are devastating to those who are injured or who lose loved ones. These crashes impact people’s ability to go to work, pay their bills and their ability to enjoy their lives.
In the first half of 2021, the data shows that the number of collisions in the country has only increased. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 20,160 people were killed in collisions between January and June. That’s up 18.4% from 2020.
In Virginia, crash numbers also rose
Virginia did not escape higher crash numbers. In the first half of 2020, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reported 23,691 injuries. In the first half of 2021, the number has risen to 27,234 injuries. Crashes are up as well, with 47,510 in the first half of 2020 but 54,599 in the first half of 2021.
Why are crashes happening more frequently in 2021?
There isn’t a single issue that has resulted in many crashes, but the police in Virginia have stated that reckless driving and speeding have played a role.
How can you avoid a crash in 2021 or beyond?
Whether in the second half of 2021 or in the future, you can take steps to avoid collisions. Reduce your speed since speeding is often linked to higher crash rates in the state. You can also set aside distractions and focus closely on the road. Avoid drinking and driving, and be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers.
If you are involved in a crash, the at-fault party can be held liable.
This is something to consider if you’re injured as a result of their actions.