Over the years, the number of fatal car accidents in the United States has generally been declining. Cars in the 1970s were far less safe than they are today for numerous reasons. There simply weren’t as many safety devices, and technology hadn’t progressed as far. There were fewer cars on the road, but there were an incredible amount of deadly accidents.
Technology has really helped to stem this tide. Some pieces of technology, like airbags, are designed to help people who are in an accident so they don’t become as severely injured. Other types of tech, like a lane departure warning system, are designed to prevent a crash from happening at all. The combination of all of this had — for many decades in a row — caused a general decline in car accidents.
The recent turn of events changed things
However, the statistics in recent years have been slightly concerning. For instance, the first half of last year – 2021 – saw one of the biggest increases in fatal accidents ever. Additionally, despite the shutdowns and lower traffic levels in 2020, fatal accidents increased that year when compared with 2019.
These stats show that deadly accidents are still an incredibly large risk. Even though they have not increased back to the heights shown in the seventies and eighties, it is worrying that technology is still getting better and yet car accident trends seem to be going in the opposite direction.
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