Steep Spike In Connecticut Auto Accident Fatalities Among Teens In 2020
In the first half of 2020 Connecticut roads at times felt ghostly. There were significantly fewer cars on the roads and Connecticut auto accidents as reported by the UCONN Crash Data Repository. Fewer cars on the road led to fewer accidents with just 37,732 reported crashes, which is significantly lower than the number from the same time the previous year which saw 54,245 crashes.
The report also looked at fatalities among teen drivers and found that the number of teen deaths reported in the first half of 2020 was double what it had been in the previous year during the same time frame. There were 15 teen deaths in the first six months of 2020 which, compared to the same time in 2019, is more than double the amount of fatalities.
While the year is now more than half over and the economy has started to reopen, there is a concern that this steep rise in teen deaths will continue to mount over the last half of the year, leading to one of the highest number of fatalities among teen drivers on record.
To help your teen stay safe on the roads, make sure they are aware that they should always wear a seatbelt, avoid distracted driving, including eating while driving, texting/calling while driving, and participating in any sort of social media while driving. Teens should also be reminded that driving over the speed limit significantly impacts the seriousness of any car crash they might be involved in and could lead to a greater risk of serious injury or death.If you or a loved one have been involved in a Connecticut auto accident, you may need an attorney to review your case. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will reach out for a review.