Factors involved in the 2021 car accident statistics

April 13, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In the U.S., the number of fatal motor vehicle crashes increased 10.5% in 2021 compared to 2020. Almost 43,000 people died as a result of a fatal car accident in 2021. Keeping yourself safe on Florida roads requires an understanding of the reasons behind such a drastic increase.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving refers to any activity that prevents a driver from devoting all of their attention to driving. Allowing yourself to become a distracted driver increases your chances of fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2021, the number of fatal accidents involving distracted drivers increased by 12%.

Examples of distracted driving include:

  • Adjusting controls
  • Eating or drinking
  • Using earbuds
  • Dressing or grooming
  • Talking to pets or kids
  • Talking on the phone
  • Observing incidents on the side of the road too closely
  • Texting


  • Car accident deaths caused by speeding increased by 7.9% in 2021. Speeding causes the following effects on drivers:
  • Increased loss of control
  • Reduction in safety equipment function
  • Increase in required stopping distance


In 2021, the number of alcohol-related deaths rose by 14%. In the state of Florida, courts take cases involving driving under the influence (DUI) very seriously. Any case that results in a death or serious injury carries a felony charge with a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

Commercial vehicles

In 2021, the number of accidents involving large trucks increased by 17%. These types of accidents involve commercial vehicles that often weigh more than 10,000 lbs and travel at increased speeds. The extra weight and speed can result in fatal consequences for other drivers on the road.

Remaining safe on the road can often present a challenge. Even if you drive safely, another driver may choose to engage in unsafe driving practices, and that can affect both you and your loved ones.

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