The National Safety Council has released its preliminary estimates on car crash deaths in 2019. What New York residents should know is that the results are somewhat positive but that much work needs to be done to ensure greater and greater traffic safety.

2% decrease in car crash deaths

An estimated 38,800 people died in auto accidents in 2019, which is 2% less than the 39,404 who died in 2018. It also represents a 4% decline from 2018 with its 40,231 deaths. The number of crash victims who required medical attention also went down 2% from 2018 to 2019, but the estimate still came to an alarming 4.4 million people.

Some states became safer than others

Vermont and New Hampshire saw the most improvement with an estimated 31% and 30% drop in car crash fatalities, respectively. This was followed by South Dakota and Washington, D.C. (both 21%), Alaska (16%) and Nevada and Connecticut (both 14%). Other states saw an increase: Maine (35%), Wyoming (32%), Delaware (20%) and Tennessee (10%).

The differences are to be expected as some states do more to reduce crashes than others. The overall gradual decline in fatalities can be due to several factors, such as the adoption of Vision Zero models in certain cities and the increasing availability of crash avoidance vehicle tech like collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Legal representation for crash survivors

You survived your crash but are not to blame for your injuries. Moreover, you found that your own insurer cannot cover all the losses. By filing a personal injury claim, you may seek more complete coverage for both your economic damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, and your non-economic damages, such as pain and anguish. A lawyer may help you with the process, in particular with the negotiations.