If someone you love recently lost their life in a traffic collision, you could face a wide variety of serious challenges. First of all, the emotional impact of a fatal car crash can lead to lifelong pain that no amount of money can make up for. Aside from deep depression, some people also struggle with anxiety after a fatal crash. For example, some of those left behind by the victims of deadly car accidents struggle to pay rent, buy food and cover funeral costs.
Sadly, fatal car crashes occur far too often on roads across the U.S.
Statistics on deadly car crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data on deadly traffic collisions in 2021, and they estimate that more than 42,900 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents over the course of the year. Unfortunately, these estimates mark an increase in comparison to 2020, when 38,824 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions.
In fact, the surge in deadly traffic accidents during 2021 marks the most significant yearly increase in the history of the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Handling the aftermath of a deadly traffic collision
In the wake of losing a loved one, you likely face many hardships. If you feel angry because your loved one died due to another driver’s negligence, you should do everything you can to seek justice and hold the reckless driver answerable. Do not let negative emotions such as anger or depression interfere with your ability to seek justice, and carefully gather evidence and review the details of the deadly accident closely.