Roadway fatalities have risen dramatically in the last few years, especially as many return to in-office work. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal wrecks around the nation has risen for the last seven consecutive quarter years – which is, indeed, a disturbing trend.
While this trend is being felt everywhere around the country, some states are distinctly having more trouble with traffic safety than others. Nevada is one of them.
What do the statistics say about Nevada’s highways?
If you only look at the number of fatal wrecks, Nevada is near the bottom of the list with the 18th fewest deaths. However, when you step back and look at the bigger picture, there’s cause for alarm.
Adjusted for the actual number of miles traveled per driver, Nevada actually has the 15th highest number of fatal crashes in the nation.
What’s causing the problem?
That’s a tough question, with a complicated answer. It’s all purely speculative, but part of the problem may be both the amount of traffic congestion in some areas (like the Las Vegas strip) and the relative isolation of other areas.
In heavily congested areas that are tourist-heavy, drivers can become easily distracted by the light displays, street performers and iconic landmarks. They can also become confused as they navigate unfamiliar territory. In open areas, drivers may be tempted to cut loose and speed – which can easily lead to a high-velocity impact that’s more likely to be fatal than one that occurs at low speeds.
Whatever the cause for the trend, Nevada drivers would do well to exercise as much caution as possible out there on the roads these days. If you are involved in a wreck, make sure that you find out as much as you can about your right to compensation for your losses.