Driving is a necessary part of life for most people in Delaware. Whether traveling to work, dropping kids off at school or picking up groceries, getting around without a car can be exceptionally difficult. Unfortunately, this also leaves drivers vulnerable to accident-related injuries. Considering that the number of traffic fatalities is on the rise, drivers might feel understandably worried about getting behind the wheel.
Is driving getting deadlier?
There were 38,680 traffic fatalities in 2020. According to experts, that was the highest number of roadway deaths since 2007. While some experts anticipated a decline in fatalities in 2021, the rate of accident-related deaths is still rising. This data came as a shock to researchers since fewer people were on the roads in 2020.
What’s behind the increase in fatalities?
Some drivers may have taken advantage of fewer cars on the road in 2020, using more open roadways as an excuse to engage in other reckless behavior. There also might have been an increase in drunk driving, as traffic fatalities rose at about the same rate as alcohol sales during the same time. Current data shows that some of the most significant factors in deadly accidents in 2020 include:
- Illegal substances
- Not wearing a seatbelt
Delaware families who have dealt with traffic fatalities already understand just how devastating it can be to lose a loved one. While trying to grieve, families are often left to plan for an unexpected funeral along with the costs that come along with it. Dealing with these types of damages alone often feels like an insurmountable task. Still, many families have found that successfully pursuing a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one can provide much-needed financial compensation.