In recent months, we’ve discussed automobile accident statistics and the importance of these numbers on a national level. This can be very informative of nationwide trends, but perhaps it’s time we analyze the local statistics. What do these same numbers look like when you concentrate the scope of the analysis to a state level? How are we doing here in North Carolina? Are the findings here in NC representative of the national statistics? Are they higher, lower? We’ll address all these questions and more below.
First, let’s do a brief recap of the national statistics regarding automobile accidents. According to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the numbers for 2021 were rather concerning as a whole. Reports show that the first six months alone were some of the worst in recorded history. Nationally, over 20,000 people were killed due to automobile accidents, and over 31,000 were killed over the entire course of 2021.
Now let’s examine that same period of time in North Carolina exclusively. North Carolina saw over a staggering 1,700 road-related deaths over the course of 2021, accounting for more than 5% of the national number. This number represents a 5% increase from the year before. Even more concerning is the fact that this number is now a North Carolina state record. We covered some of the potential reasons for the increase, including texts, phone calls, drunk driving, driving without a seatbelt, and even the relaxing of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
Fortunately, local and national law enforcement are looking to improve statistics and make the roads of the United States safer and more efficient for everyone. 2021 saw law enforcement being awarded grants for the purpose of launching and maintaining initiatives that will aid in road safety. It’s unclear exactly what the focus will be and what to expect from these new regulations, but it’s certain to encourage safe driving through more frequent monitoring and enforcement. As a state that is responsible for 5% of traffic-related deaths over the past year, it is time we take responsibility for our actions and start taking the necessary steps to protect our drivers, our passengers, and our pedestrians.
If you were in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Visit our offices here at Wayne Hardee Law, or contact us via website or phone to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. Don’t let yourself become a statistic!