People who take to the North Carolina roads may have a fundamental understanding that there is a chance they will be in an auto accident. There is always a looming danger of a crash and often it is due to circumstances beyond their control. Perhaps another driver was speeding, drove while distracted, was drowsy, was under the influence or was behaving recklessly. Legislators and law enforcement seek to lower the danger of collisions. Part of that is assessing statistics. It is important to understand these dangers and to take precautions. When there is a crash, it is also wise to know what options are available.
Researchers seek solutions for rise in auto accidents
Recently, the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program released its initial statewide fatal accident statistics and the results were troublesome. In 2021, there were 1,775 fatalities in auto accidents. This surpassed by 51 the number of road deaths that set the state record in 2007. When compared to 2020, there were 5% more fatalities in 2021. The numbers are not complete as the analysis is still being done, so it might be worse when they are fully compiled.
There were some positives from one year to the next as fatal work zone collisions, bicyclist deaths and pedestrian fatalities saw a decrease. Still, distracted driving and speeding were said to be on the rise. Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) emphasized the need for people to be aware of the catalysts for many accidents and take steps to be safer. Reducing speed and putting a cellphone out of reach are two examples. Grants were given to various organizations to encourage people to focus on safety. Despite these strategies, fear persists.
Assessing auto accidents and determining a path forward may require assistance
Of course, the worst-case scenario in an auto accident is if there is a fatality. This should be investigated fully to see how and why it occurred to determine how to move forward. Even if a person survives a collision, there can still be a litany of challenges that may arise. These include major medical costs for treatment and aftercare, problems getting back to work, stress on a family and long-term damage. Having experienced and caring help is vital from the start when deciding what to do in the aftermath.