In 2019, over 38,000 people in Louisiana and the rest of the United States died in car accidents. That’s a high figure, but it’s actually a decrease from previous years. Throughout the country, multiple states have reported decreases in car accident fatalities. The number of injuries has decreased as well although over 4 million people are still injured in car accidents annually.
Why has the number of fatalities decreased?
Experts say that new advancements in vehicle safety technology have led to a decrease in fatalities. Most new cars come equipped with safety features like automatic brakes, rear-view cameras, lane departure warnings, LED headlights and more. These features can reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents. If you do get into an accident, your vehicle’s safety features might reduce the severity of the accident.
Some experts suggest that a low tolerance for drunk driving has also reduced the number of fatalities. While most states have a legal blood alcohol concentration of 0.08, some states have lowered it to 0.05. Other states have completely redesigned high-risk areas to make them safer for drivers. Because of these efforts, some states have seen a 13% drop in car accident fatalities.
However, experts point out that having 38,000 fatalities is still an incredibly high number. More advancements need to be made to ensure that everyone is safe on the highway. Additionally, drivers can protect themselves by driving the newest vehicles they can afford and using a designated driver when they’ve consumed drugs or alcohol.
If you’re involved in a car accident, hiring an attorney might help you get the compensation that you deserve. An attorney may be able to help you negotiate a fair settlement out of court. If the matter is brought to court, your attorney might represent you and work to provide evidence that proves the other driver was at fault.