Georgia residents will no doubt be happy to hear that the rate of traffic fatalities went down in 2019. Still, the numbers are startlingly high. The National Safety Council has estimated that 38,800 people died in car accidents: a 2% decline compared to 2018 and a 4% drop from the 40,231 people who died in 2017. In addition, there was a 2% decrease in crash victims needing medical attention: around 4.4 million total.

Some states saw an increase in deaths

Fatality numbers varied by state, naturally, with the most significant drops seen in Vermont (31%) and New Hampshire (30%). South Dakota and Washington, D.C., both experienced a 21% decrease. On the other hand, some states saw an increase. In Maine, there was a 35% increase, followed by a 32% spike in Wyoming, a 20% uptick in Delaware and a 10% increase in Tennessee.

Why fatalities have been decreasing

While the NSC did not analyze the causes behind the decrease, one can nevertheless put forward a few explanations. Ten cities have adopted Vision Zero models for improving traffic safety. Besides that, newer vehicles come equipped with advanced safety features like collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Yet, safety advocates say more effort must be made to combat distracted and drowsy driving in particular.

For the innocent victims of a car crash

Many motor vehicle accidents end in such severe injuries that victims cannot have all their losses covered by their insurance company. If this sounds like your situation, you may want a lawyer to determine if you can file a third-party insurance claim. If retained, the lawyer may bring in crash investigators to prove the defendant’s negligence before going on to negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement out of court.