Nevada Road Fatalities Rose 38% In First Half of 2021
As coronavirus restrictions eased and vaccinations became available, Americans began driving more than they had in 2020. Unfortunately, more cars on the road also brought more traffic fatalities from car accidents. And Nevada was one of eight states that saw fatalities rise by 30% or more from the same period last year.
The nonprofit National Safety Council estimated that 21,450 people died on U.S. roads during the first six months of 2021. That’s up from 18,840 traffic deaths in the first half of 2020 and 18,384 in the first half of 2019.
Americans urged to make safe driving a priority
There were eight states that saw vehicle deaths increase by 30% or more, according to estimates, including Nevada:
- Oregon, 261 deaths – 51% increase
- South Dakota, 65 deaths – 51% increase
- Minnesota, 211 deaths – 41% increase
- Idaho, 107 deaths – 39% increase
- Nevada, 181 deaths – 38% increase
- Utah, 150 deaths – 36% increase
- Vermont, 28 deaths – 33% increase
- Tennessee, 682 deaths – 30% increase
“These figures are not only alarming but devastating as we see once again too many lives lost on the roads,” said Lorraine Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “It is up to each and every one of us to do everything we can to be safe and keep each other safe.”
The National Safety Council called on Americans to take steps to make driving safer. These steps include eliminating driving distractions, slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles, designating a sober driver, always wearing seatbelts, and checking for open recalls on motor vehicles to repair defective parts.
The agency collects fatality data every month from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and also uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Car accidents are common in Las Vegas, where thousands of cars travel the roads every day at all hours. Victims experience serious injuries that can impact their lives physically, emotionally, and financially. Families are left in mourning and trying to figure out how to move forward when a loved one is killed in an accident.
Experienced legal representation can make a big difference
Many people aren’t sure what to do after being involved in a crash. They may not know what their rights are. Insurance companies know that and try to take advantage. They challenge claims for compensation, try to deflect blame, or make settlement offers that fall far short of covering the damage suffered.
That’s why it’s important to get an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney on your side. At Lasso Injury Law LLC, we know the tactics that insurance companies use to minimize compensation. We also know how to fight back.
Attorney Al Lasso investigates crashes to get the facts about what happened. He builds strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. He rejects attempts their attempts to get clients to settle for less. If the insurance company won’t agree to negotiate a fair settlement, he’s not afraid to go to court, where he has won sizable awards for clients.
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a car accident, learn more about how we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.