Statistics Show Decline in Auto Accident Fatalities in Early 2023 By Levine & Slavit PLLC on September 18, 2023

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA), the rate of people killed in auto accidents in the first quarter of 2023 dropped by about 3.3% compared to the same time the previous year. This represented a full year of steady declines in auto accident fatalities after a spike in those fatalities during and immediately after the pandemic. This decline is attributed to a combination of improved safety standards and greater emphasis on safe driving techniques for motorists on the road.


A Decline in Auto Accident Fatalities


The number of people dying from auto accident fatalities in the first quarter of 2023 across the United States was 9,330. This is about 3.3% lower than the 9,645 people who died during the same time period in 2022. Surprisingly, this decline in motor vehicle fatalities occurred at the same time that people began to drive more, with the total number of miles driven by motorists increasing by 2.2% year over year.


Fatalities Still Higher Than Pre-Pandemic Levels


Unfortunately, the number of auto accident fatalities is still substantially higher than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. During 2020 and 2021, and even into 2022, there were seven straight months of increases in the number of people dying as a result of auto accidents, despite the fact that fewer people were on the road. While this decline is a positive step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go to get back to pre-pandemic levels.


Better Policies, Better Habits


There are three major factors that are attributed to this decline in auto accident fatalities. The first is an increased emphasis on public messaging to remind the public of the importance of safe driving habits. This has been paired with an increased emphasis on enforcement mechanisms, with police stepping up ticketing for traffic violations. Finally, there has also been increased public investment in higher safety standards and better traffic control methods, reducing the risk of accidents and the risk of people dying if they get into an accident.


What You Can Do to Avoid an Accident


If you want to improve your chances of avoiding an auto accident, you should make sure to practice safe driving habits, including making sure to follow traffic laws, remaining attentive of other drivers, and keeping vehicles well-maintained. In addition, you should take extra caution when road conditions are poor, such as during inclement weather or at night. If you do get into an accident, you should make sure you get immediate medical attention, and then contact a personal injury lawyer to consult on your potential elgal options.


If you or someone you love has been injured 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 Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in Long Island and New York City in obtaining the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form. 

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