A record spike in traffic deaths is possible for 2021

Based on 9 months of data and some statistical modeling, experts are predicting what could rightly be called a record spike in traffic fatalities on this country’s roads.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA projects that 31,720 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in the first three quarters of 2021. This is the highest number of fatalities in 15 years, since 2006.

Over the history of this analysis, the predicted 12% increase in fatalities from the same time in 2020 is a tragic high point.

Government authorities expressed serious concern that the number of traffic deaths has been climbing from year to year. This year, the increase appears to be significant, which worried them.

Locally, the number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee increased from 885 during the first 9 months of 2020 to 1,015 over the same time in 2021. This was an almost 15% increase in fatalities.

Those who cause fatal motor vehicle accidents can be held accountable

There are a number of reasons why these numbers continue to climb.

One major news outlet noted that pedestrians made up a large number of these fatalities, and indeed the number of pedestrian deaths in recent years has been climbing.

This suggested that street racing, ignoring traffic signs and signals and other reckless behavior may be the culprit.

Other people have suggested that perhaps car manufacturers should make safer vehicles or that state and local authorities might be able to design roads which make the flow of traffic safer.

Ultimately, though, motor vehicle accidents happen when a driver makes a mistake. Sometimes, these are mistakes are relatively minor.

They could include a quick glance at one’s phone while approaching an intersection or just driving a little too fast for the conditions.

Even a little error can leave a pedestrian or other victim in Dyer County seriously injured or even dead. Drivers who negligently injure or take the lives of others can be held accountable for their actions.