In Michigan and across the United States, 2020 was an unusual year. The societal changes required people to adapt in many ways from working remotely, children attending school via computer and leisure activities kept to a minimum. That might have resulted in a belief that the roads would be safer and fewer people would suffer injuries and fatalities in traffic incidents. However, according to statistics that were recently released, Michigan had a spike in fatal accidents over the course of the year. The reasons for these collisions should be considered whenever a person heads out.
More than 1,000 died on state roadways in 2020
For the first time in three years, more than 1,000 people died in auto accidents throughout the state. Overall, there were 1,083 such deaths – the most since 2007. In 2019, there were 985. Despite the increase in deaths, there were fewer accidents and less people who were injured when compared to 2019. In 2019, there were almost 75,000 injuries. There was a 19% reduction in 2020 to just under 60,900. Regarding accidents, there were more than 245,500 in 2020 and nearly 314,400 in 2019 – a 22% reduction. Finally, serious injuries declined by 3% from 5,629 to 5,433.
As for other people on the road, motorcyclists had a 25% rise in fatalities. Pedestrian deaths were up 17%. A prominent problem was an increase in alcohol-related deaths with 326 in 2020 vs. 295 in 2019. This was consistent with the nationwide trend of people flouting laws and behaving recklessly because there were fewer people on the road and less vigilance on the part of law enforcement. Drinking and driving, distracted driving, speeding and other risky behaviors were prevalent in 2020 and made for worse accidents with a higher chance of catastrophic injuries and death.
Having help after auto accidents is key to understanding options
Although circumstances are slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy, that does not eliminate the treacherous nature of the state roads and the danger of auto accidents. The risks are ever-present and can lead to injuries with major medical expenses, lost wages and the need for long-term care. This not only impacts the injured person, but the family as well. If there is a fatality, there will be funeral costs and the emotional and personal aftermath that must be dealt with. To understand what alternatives are available, having professional help is a key step and can be crucial to effectively gather evidence and pursue a claim.