26% Increase in R.I. Roadway Deaths During COVID-19

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Did you know that during the year of the COVID19 pandemic, car accident deaths in Rhode Island deaths increased by 26%? Here at the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we practice car accident personal injury throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In today’s blog, I wanted to take a look at these figures.

Less RI Cars On Road But More Serious Car Accidents?

Recently, the National Safety Council released preliminary data on the number of deaths caused by motor vehicles. Rhode Island is one of 7 states that saw more than a 15% increase in roadway deaths in 2020. Rhode Island is on par with numbers nationwide. The National Safety Council’s report stated an estimated 42,060 people died in car accidents last year.

This is an 8% increase from 2019. Roadway experts had hoped that a global pandemic would lead to a decrease in this number. Experts believe less congested roadways leading to increased travel speeds are to blame.

“We saw this uptick here in people driving at higher speeds, and it had the tragic consequences we’re now seeing here in the data,” David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said in an interview.

These statistics are on par with what we have seen at our law firm. It seems that with less cars on the road at times, Rhode Island and Massachusetts drivers may be driving faster, more carelessly leading to negligence and wrongful death.

Question about a Rhode Island Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death civil actions are personal injury actions that the Bottaro Law Firm, LLC can handle on behalf of your family when someone dies in a car accident.

Just in the last few months, I have handled several of these tragic deaths. I try to listen and understand the loss that you may be experiencing and also navigate you thru the legal process. Between myself and our experienced legal team, we strive to take the time and care to build a strong case on your family’s behalf.

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