New Yorkers did not have a good year in 2021 in terms of car accidents. There were more crashes that resulted in fatalities. It’s fair to wonder why this happened.
What are the statistics for car accidents in New York in 2021?
Throughout the first half of 2021, New York reported an increase in car accidents resulting in fatalities. Traffic data gathered by a local New York news station stated that in the first half of the year, there was an uptick of 13% more car accidents resulting in deaths compared with the first half of the previous year. While 2020’s first half saw 251 deadly motor vehicle accidents, the first half of 2021 resulted in 398.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA revealed that 2021 overall has seen an increase of 16% more fatal road accidents compared with the first six months of 2020. Most of the individuals killed in accidents ranged in age from 25 to 34 and those accidents from speeding increased by 11%. In terms of the groups of people who died in such crashes, it was found that the largest groups included men at 9% and Black people at 23%.
Why have fatal car crashes increased in 2021?
More people took to the roads throughout 2021. In New York, many of those who drove on roads and highways who ended up in serious, fatal car crashes were reported to be speeding. Reckless driving accounted for many of the fatalities on New York’s roads. Additionally, many drivers who were guilty of speeding avoided wearing seatbelts, resulting in deadly accidents that saw them thrown from their vehicles.
By the third quarter of 2021, 71 individuals died in car accidents in New York. Many passengers suffered serious injuries. Bicyclists were involved in more accidents with motor vehicles, but pedestrians saw a decrease in injuries.
Being injured in a car crash is no joke. If you’re suffered, you need to hold the at-fault party responsible.