In 2020, deadly crashes elevated by 6.8% as in comparison with 2019.
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A brand new report from the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) reveals that whereas the variety of crashes and site visitors accidents general declined in 2020, deadly crashes elevated by 6.8% as in comparison with 2019. Particularly, 38,824 individuals died in crashes nationwide in 2020 — that’s 2,469 extra individuals than in 2019 and the very best variety of fatalities since 2007.
The fatality price per 100 million car miles traveled rose to 1.34, a 21% enhance from 2019. On the similar time, police reported 22% fewer collisions than they did in 2019 and the estimated variety of individuals injured dipped by 17%.
Some consultants consider that fewer crashes coupled with a better crash fatality price signifies that the collisions in 2020 have been extra extreme, and could also be as a consequence of aggressive and dangerous behaviors honed in the course of the pandemic.
Actually, that NHTSA report notes that in 45% of deadly crashes drivers of passenger autos have been engaged in a minimum of one of many following dangerous driving behaviors: dashing, alcohol impairment, or lack of seat belt compliance.
For instance, fatalities in speeding-related crashes rose 17% and fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes elevated 14%. Lastly, unrestrained passenger car occupant fatalities have been additionally up 14% in 2020.
The report additionally examines these three main behavioral elements mixed. In 2020, there have been 1,638 passenger car drivers concerned in deadly crashes who have been concurrently unbuckled, alcohol-impaired, and dashing — a 21% enhance from 1,357 in 2019.
Furthermore, there have been 1,938 unrestrained passenger car occupant fatalities in crashes that concerned alcohol-impaired driving and dashing, a 23% enhance from 1,581 for a similar metric in 2019.
Clearly the numbers are transferring within the flawed path. Maybe most annoying, these crash fatalities occurred in a yr when complete car miles traveled dropped by 11% from 3,261,772 million in 2019 to 2,903,622 million in 2020.
Different noteworthy findings from the NHTSA report embody knowledge on weak highway customers. The findings present that pedestrian fatalities rose 3.9%, reaching 244 — the very best quantity since 1989. Bicyclist and motorcyclist fatalities additionally elevated by 9.2% and 11%, respectively.
Lastly, fatalities in hit-and-run crashes are up an alarming 26%. Particularly, there have been 2,564 fatalities in crashes involving hit-and-run drivers in 2020, a major enhance over the two,037 in 2019.