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Early 2024 fatal crash data shows an almost 40% surge since 2023

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The idea of inevitable progress makes people assume that the future is always going to be better/safer/more hopeful than the past, but that isn’t necessarily true. There are many scenarios in which society may see worsening circumstances despite the progression of time.

After years of improvements in motor vehicle safety, the trend changed several years ago. As of 2020, the incidents of car crashes began to rise again after declining for quite some time. While people have devoted a lot of attention to that recent shift in traffic safety, knowledge about the situation has not been enough to reverse the trend. In fact, according to an analysis of collisions during the first quarter of 2024 in Nevada, the rate of fatal collisions has gone up by almost 40% when compared with 2023.

What does the research show?

The number of fatal crashes in Nevada this year is far higher than it was at this time last year. Between January and March, there were 97 deaths in 86 different fatal crashes in Nevada. There were nearly 39% more total traffic deaths in the first quarter of 2024 when compared with data from 2023.

March saw an even more drastic increase, with a 50% surge in fatalities when compared with the 26 deaths in March 2023.  The number of motorcycle fatalities more than tripled during the first quarter. Pedestrian deaths also saw a nearly two-thirds increase when compared with last year.

Several factors, including excess speed and intoxication, played a role in a large portion of these fatal crashes, according to information from state authorities. Distracted driving was also among the concerns listed in relation to the surge in traffic fatalities.

A concerning increase in unsafe driving behaviors likely contribute to how many crashes have occurred on public roads in recent years. Although there are road safety initiatives underway, drivers may need to operate with a bit more care due to their increased risk.

Recognizing that the chance of a car crash may be substantially higher now than it was last year might help people make smarter choices in traffic. Drivers who are proactive about their safety can mitigate some of the increased risk that comes from the bad behavior of others. They can also potentially hold another driver accountable for the losses generated by a wreck, should one occur.