2020 was memorable for all sorts of reasons. In a move I have never seen in my 34 years in the insurance business, automobile insurance companies refunded premiums because people were driving less. (They refunded the money without being asked.) So while we all drove less, about 430 billion fewer miles, the number of fatalities increased by about 7% from roughly 36,000 to an estimated 38,680. How could this happen?
Increased speed. Impaired driving. Distracted driving and not wearing seatbelts.
Let’s wear our seatbelts, stop texting, and pay attention.