NHTSA Reveals U.S. Traffic Collision Deaths Hit 16 Year High
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released early traffic collision fatality estimates this May, and the numbers are the highest they’ve been in almost 16 years. According to the NHTSA, it’s estimated that 42,915 people were tragically killed in U.S. traffic collisions in 2021. This number is an alarming 10.5% increase from the previous year, reports the federal agency, and is the highest number of traffic deaths since 2005.
The agency’s report also revealed state traffic collision estimates and, not surprisingly, all states are projected to have an increase in traffic-related deaths. Although statistics have not been released for 2021, the California Office of Traffic Safety reports that on average, more than 200,000 residents are tragically killed in traffic accidents every year in the state.
The NHTSA 2021 data shows an increase in fatalities related to:
- Multi-vehicle crashes ⇧16%
- Urban roadway accidents ⇧16%
- Drivers aged 65 and older ⇧14%
- Pedestrian accidents ⇧13%
- Large truck collisions ⇧13%
- Collisions occurring during the day ⇧11%
Experts believe the increase in deaths related to traffic accidents is associated with an increase in unsafe driver behavior during the pandemic. Early data shows more drivers were likely to speed and drink or take drugs while driving during the pandemic than in previous years. Speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is negligent and reckless behavior.
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