According to the latest estimates from the National Safety Council, 2019 may have seen a decrease in car crash fatalities in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., though it’s only a 2% decrease when compared to 2018 and a 4% one from 2017. Around 38,800 people died in crashes, according to the NSC, and 4.4 million crash victims had to receive medical attention.

Fatality numbers by state

Some states saw a fairly dramatic improvement. Consider Vermont and New Hampshire with their 31% and 30% decrease, for instance, or the 21% decline in South Dakota. Other states saw an increase: Maine (35%), Wyoming (32%) and Delaware (20%), for example.

This is probably because every state is different in how much effort it puts into improving traffic safety. Utah became the first state to reduce its legal blood alcohol concentration limit from .08 to .05, and 10 cities have begun to redesign high-risk traffic areas using a Vision Zero model.

What drivers can do to improve safety

Motorists with newer vehicles are no doubt familiar with advanced driver-assistance systems, but to stay safe, they should do more than utilize these. They should put away their phone and other sources of distraction and understand the dangers of drowsy and drugged driving. Parents should stay updated on their teens’ driving habits.

Legal representation for accident victims

When your own insurance company cannot cover your accident-related losses, you may file a third-party insurance claim. First, you could see a lawyer who focuses on motor vehicle crashes and their aftermath. Counsel may bring in medical experts and accident investigators to help build up the case before going on to negotiations. If the insurance company refuses to pay out a reasonable amount in damages, then litigation might be the next step.