There have been fewer cars on the road lately, which might seem like a good thing. Unfortunately, Minnesota police officers point out that less traffic has not really made the road any safer. In fact, the number of fatal car accidents is actually on the rise.
Speeding is the main culprit behind the sudden spike in fatalities. According to a Minnesota State Patrol officer, there were only 58 drivers stopped for driving at least 100 mph in April 2019. In April 2020, officers pulled over 143 drivers for the same thing. That is a frightening increase in the span of just one year.
So where is this need for speed coming from? One highway administrator points out that a lot of drivers are used to dealing with heavy congestion and traffic. When faced with empty roadways, some feel compelled to take advantage of the situation. These drivers apparently do not take into account the considerable risks associated with speeding, especially at extremely high speeds where traumatic injuries and fatalities are more likely. The faster someone drives, the slower his or her reaction time will be.
Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult for families of car accident victims. While they are grieving, these families are also dealing with things like unexpected funeral expenses and more. Pursuing a wrongful death claim could be a good solution for certain Minnesota families who are in this situation. Although no amount of money could ever replace a loved one’s life, the compensation from a successfully pursued claim can help families address the financial damages of fatal car accidents.