Statistics show us that every year in the United States, there are approximately six million road traffic accidents. This equates to more than 16,000 traffic accidents each year. Globally, around 1.25 million people die in road traffic accidents each year.
In early 2021, with the wintry conditions making driving more difficult, we have already seen a large number of tragic accidents on our roads. A vehicle's braking ability is severely impacted in wet and icy conditions, meaning we all need to slow down when driving in inclement weather.
In this blog post, we'll look at four tragic road accidents that have happened on US roads so far this year.
Six Dead in 133-Car Pile Up in Texas
This incident occurred along an interstate in Fort Worth on February 11th during icy weather. It has been reported that the road was not treated before the car, making for very difficult driving conditions.
Read about some of the worst US traffic accidents of 2021, their common causes, as well as learning some tips to stay safe on the road.
At least six people were killed in the pile-up of 133 vehicles, with the crash scene spanning half a mile. At least 65 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment following the pile-up.
This incident highlights the importance of treating busy roads during cold weather and the need for extra vigilance when driving.
Boy Killed While Sliding in California
A seven-year-old boy was killed in mid-March following a tragic accident in the San Jacinto Mountains of California. The boy had been sledding when he slid onto a road in front of an oncoming Ford Transit van.
The boy slid under the wheels of the van. He was taken to a nearby fire station but died before he could be airlifted to a hospital for further treatment. Witnesses say that the driver of the van had been driving slowly.
Four-Year-Old Killed Killed in Parking Lot
This is another tragic account of a minor who lost their life in March, this time in Glendale, Arizona. The four-year-old girl was walking with his mother, brother, and grandmother when a truck driver drove onto the sidewalk and hit the family.
The girl was pinned under the truck and, despite attempts to save her life at a nearby hospital, was later pronounced dead. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Click here for more news of the accident and other 2021 road traffic fatalities.
Three Pedestrians Killed in San Diego
In March, a 71-year-old driver of a station wagon veered onto a sidewalk near San Diego City College, killed three and injuring six more. The driver, who stayed at the scene to render aid, has been accused of three counts of manslaughter.
As with the incident in Arizona, this tragedy highlights the importance of driving with extra care in built-up and populated areas.
Tragic Road Traffic Accidents in 2021
The four examples of 2021 road traffic accidents above highlight the importance of driving with care, especially during inclement weather and in populated areas. Please drive slowly and safely in order to remain safe this year.
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