Car accidents in Indiana spiked over 14% in 2021. The jump is part of an overall rise in motor vehicle crashes reported across the United States last year.
2021 auto accident statistics
According to the Indiana State Police, there were 200,909 car and truck accidents in 2021, which is a 14.38% increase over 2020’s total. Of those crashes, 30,109 resulted in injuries, which is an 11.2% increase over the previous year. In addition, fatal crashes went up 1.1% to 824.
Disturbingly, around 40% of those who died on Indiana’s roadways in 2021 were not wearing seat belts. State statistics show that only 92% of drivers and passengers wore safety belts last year, down from approximately 94% in 2020.
Motor vehicle accidents were up across the country in 2021, according to data released in February by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The NHTSA estimates that 31,720 people were killed in car and truck accidents during the first nine months of 2021. That total is an increase of around 12% over the same period of 2020. It’s also the highest projected number of fatalities since 2006.
State and national response
While traffic safety experts expected a spike in accidents after the lockdowns ended, many are still troubled by the trend.
To help combat the problem, Indiana legislators have introduced legislation that would boost the installation of traffic cameras at schools and make it easier for cities to pay overtime to state troopers and local prosecutors. On a national level, the DOT has released the National Roadway Safety Strategy, a comprehensive plan to save lives by creating safer roads and vehicles.
Drivers can also help reduce car accidents by obeying the speed limit, staying alert behind the wheel and never driving while intoxicated.