Fewer people in Texas traveled via automobile in 2020 for a variety of reasons. Many people worked at home in 2020, eliminating the need for a daily commute. Others chose to forgo taking a vacation road trip, and instead spent their vacations at home. In general, Texas saw fewer motor vehicle accidents in 2020. However, the number of fatal motor vehicles that year saw an uptick.
According to one study, in April of 2020, the number of motor vehicle accidents in the Lone Star State went down nearly 50% in comparison to the average number of motor vehicle accident sin 2017 through 2019. However, April 2020 saw approximately 50% more fatal motor vehicles compared to previous years. In April 2020, fatal accidents increased by 14% for single-vehicle collisions and 59% for multi-vehicle collisions.
Why the uptick in fatal crashes?
When there are fewer vehicles on the road, it makes sense that the overall number of motor vehicle accidents will go down. However, when roads are clearer, motorists may take more risks, such as speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving. Ultimately, even when there are fewer vehicles on the road, motorists should slow down, pay attention to the task of driving and avoid drunk driving.
Learn more about motor vehicle accidents
If you were in a car crash caused by a negligent driver in 2020, you may have suffered many damages, including hefty medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. For this reason, some car accident victims in Texas choose to pursue compensation for the damages they suffered. Our firm’s webpage on motor vehicle accidents may be of interest to those injured in a car crash this past year.