The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) monitors road accidents and road safety in Utah. In conjunction with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the two organizations released a report with fatal road accident data in Utah in 2022. The following is a summary of the 2022 Statistics of Utah Roadway Deaths report by UDOT and DPS.
In 2020, Utah was ranked as the fifth most accident-prone state in the United States by a QuoteWizard study. The preliminary data shows that there were 320 fatalities caused by road accidents in Utah in 2022.
In 2022, two hundred two motorists, 53 pedestrians, 15 bicyclists, and 50 motorcyclists died, showing that vulnerable road users were most prone to accidents.
If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, a car accident lawyer can represent you and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Caused Fatal Road Accidents in 2022
Speeding is the leading cause of fatal accidents in the state in 2022. The UDOT and DPS state, “Watch your speed and abide by the speed limit when road conditions are good. When the roads get wet, snow, or icy, adjust your speed to a safe speed that will help you to maintain control.”
In addition, the report shows an increase in risky driving behavior in 2022, such as aggressive driving. The risky behavior makes fatal road accidents more probable. Cell phone use, distracted driving, and poor weather are additional significant causes of accidents in Utah.
Avoiding Fatal Road Accidents
The report includes back-to-basics tips for road users to help them avoid accidents. These are a few habits that could save plenty of lives.
These tips include buckling up the safety belt, watching your driving speed, using the blinker, practicing safe pedestrian habits, and following road rules.
At Robert J. DeBry & Associates, we encourage all drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists to take road precautions to help fatalities decline in 2023. If you or a loved one need our services, speak with a car accident lawyer at no cost by calling (801) 888-8888.