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Increase in Traffic Fatalities in 2020, Despite Less Drop in Miles Driven

For the first time in 13 years, the U.S has seen an estimated 42,060 people killed in traffic fatalities. That’s an over 8% increase from 2019, despite seeing fewer miles driven in 2020. This is the highest increase in the rate of death, year-over-year since the National Safety Council (NSC) started tracking this data in 1924. On top of the staggering amount of deaths on U.S roadways, it is estimated that 4.8 million people were seriously injured in crashes in the same year. The total cost to society is believed to be over $474 billion.

The one factor contributing the most to these accidents is speeding and reckless driving. Because fewer cars are on the road, this makes it easier for other drivers to speed and drive recklessly. Those who already drive too fast on crowded roads are likely to drive even faster on empty ones. Due to this sudden rise in traffic fatalities, many organizations, including the NSC, are calling for action.

Infrastructure improvements are needed all across the country. Poor infrastructure can be a critical factor in many car crashes. On top of infrastructure improvements, organizations are calling for lowering speed limits and lowering the legal Blood Alcohol Content. Some other suggestions to improve safety include motorcycle helmet laws, community and municipal programs for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and even standardizing Automated Driver Assistance Systems. However, one of the easiest ways to reduce traffic fatalities is to stop speeding and distracted driving. By following traffic laws, you help ensure that you and everyone else on the road are safe.

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