According to data released by the National Safety Council (NSC), roughly 38,800 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in 2019. Furthermore, there were 4.4 million people who needed medical attention after being involved in crashes that took place on Illinois highways and others throughout the country. Both the fatality and injury figures represent a 2% decrease from 2018.
Why fatality and injury rates are falling
Although there is no definitive answer as to why accident fatality and injury rates are falling, researchers have come up with several theories. For instance, some believe that efforts to redesign roadways have made them safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. Others point to efforts made to curb drunk driving, such as Utah’s decision to reduce its legal blood-alcohol threshold to .05%.
Vehicles have become safer in recent years
The implementation of emergency braking and lane departure warning systems have played a role in reducing the severity of accidents that occur. Rear cameras and adaptive headlights have also been praised for their ability to prevent or minimize the severity of an accident.
However, the NSC’s CEO says that more can be done to embrace and implement safety technology in vehicles. According to the NSC, you can enhance the positive effects of these advanced tools by not driving while you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Making use of safety features and paying attention to your surroundings may help reduce your risk of being hurt or killed in an auto accident. However, if you are involved in a crash caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. A lawyer may help you obtain a favorable jury award or settlement in your case.