Because many people have been working from home in 2020, Tennessee readers might assume that traffic fatalities have decreased this year. However, a new report shows that U.S. car crash deaths increased by 2% from January to July compared to the same period of 2019. This occurred even though the total number of miles driven decreased by 15.7% in 2020 compared to the first seven months of the previous year.

Traffic accident data for 2020

According to an analysis by the National Safety Council, seven states experienced a decrease of 20 or more traffic deaths between January and July 2020. These states included California, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, Iowa and Maine. However, eight states saw an increase of 30 or more deaths over the same period. These states included Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Connecticut, Ohio and Mississippi. In Tennessee, 17 more people were killed in car accidents over the first seven months of 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. Overall, U.S. traffic deaths ticked up 2% over the study period.

A breakdown of the NSC report’s Illinois crash data shows some disturbing trends. For instance, most crash deaths in that state happened on city streets, not interstate highways. A large percentage of fatalities was caused by unlicensed drivers, and around 62% of those who died were not wearing seat belts.

Legal help for victims

Tennessee residents who are injured in automobile accidents may need the help of a personal injury attorney to gather police reports, witness testimony and medical documents proving that another driver was wholly or partially responsible for the victim’s injuries. This evidence may then be used as the basis for a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages, including pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.