Despite the reduction of total distance driven due to the pandemic, total traffic fatalities increased by about 12% in 2020.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of premature death nationwide. And in Missouri, 2020 was a very deadly year. Despite the reduction of total distance driven due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, total traffic fatalities rose 12% in 2020 compared to 2019 – rising to 989 deaths, compared to 881 in 2019.
Let’s take a look at some of the statistics released by MoDot related to traffic accidents and fatalities in St. Louis and Missouri, and discuss simple ways to stay safe on the road this summer.
The Statistics Behind Missouri Traffic Fatalities In 2020
As mentioned, a total of 989 people died on Missouri roads in 2020. Here are a few more statistics provided by MoDot about road safety and traffic fatalities:
- Speed-related and unbuckled fatalities rose by 25% compared to the previous year
- 67% of all drivers and passengers killed in crashes in 2020 were not wearing seat belts
- 389 people were killed due to speed-related crashes in 2020, according to preliminary reports. This includes excessive speed or speeds that were too high for weather conditions.
- 126 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in 2020, which is the highest number on record for Missouri
Simple Safety Tips For Avoiding Accidents & Fatalities
With the above statistics in mind, here are a few tips that Missouri and St. Louis residents can take to stay safe while driving this summer.
- Wear your seat belt & use proper child seats – Not wearing a seatbelt was the single largest contributing factor to fatalities in 2020. Always wear your seatbelt and secure children and car seats properly.
- Slow down – Stay under the speed limit, and use caution when driving in poor conditions like snow, rain, fog, and other inclement weather.
- Avoid distracted driving – Never use a phone while driving. Avoid other distractions like fiddling with the radio, eating, smoking, or daydreaming. Pay attention and focus on the road.
- Never drive under the influence – Driving under the influence is illegal and dangerous. Even if you’ve only had one drink, never get behind the wheel. Protect yourself and other road users by being responsible.
- Practice “defensive driving” – Don’t drive aggressively. Follow best practices like looking ahead on the road, always checking your mirrors, keeping 3-4 seconds between your car and other cars, and being aware of your surroundings.
Speak With a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Whether you’ve had a loved one die in a wrongful death car accident, or you have been injured in an accident in St. Louis and wish to pursue a personal injury suit against the responsible party, The Hoffmann Law Firm can help. Give us a call today to schedule a free case review with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney.
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