Sadly, a routine commute could lead to someone losing their life. In Minnesota, the accident statistics from the first half of 2021 show some alarming figures. The North Star State joined seven other U.S. states for the dubious distinction of experiencing a 30% increase in traffic fatalities. Such news could lead some to drive more carefully, but they cannot control how another driver behaves.
2021 brought deadly results to Minnesota roads
Oregon and South Dakota experienced a higher increase in deaths from 2020 to 2021 percentage-wise. In terms of actual fatal accidents, Minnesota saw more deaths than South Dakota, and the 41% increase in fatalities led to 211 people losing their lives. Besides Oregon, only Tennessee saw more deaths than Minnesota on the list.
The alarming figures coincide with data released by the National Safety Council. The organization revealed 21,450 died during the first six months of 2021 in traffic incidents. Expect the number to be much higher by yearend.
Problems and dangers on the roads
Traffic accidents, while sometimes preventable, happen. During the first half of 2019, 18,384 people died in traffic crashes. While 2021’s figures are alarming, previous years’ numbers are high as well.
Perhaps an increase in drivers on the roads in 2021 led to an increase in deaths. More drivers could increase risks, but there may be other factors at work. Some studies suggest speeding plays a role in the crashes. Speeding and other hazardous behaviors make car accidents more likely since a driver might not stop in time to avoid a crash.
Distracted driving incidents could increase as the years move forward, thanks to the presence of expansive infotainment systems in cars. Drunk driving remains an endemic problem.