Mortality from US road traffic crashes for third consecutive yearMay 7, 2020
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), this year there is a continuing downward trend in road traffic deaths.
2020 may be one of the worst years for the entire global economy, but it may be one of the best years in terms of reducing road traffic deaths in the United States. This is not a big surprise, given the fact that all states are currently in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to preliminary U.S. government data released earlier this week, deaths from road crashes in the country fell to 36,120 in 2019, which is 1.2 percent less than the previous year, when 36,560 people died on the road.
Last year was also the third in a row with a decrease in road deaths in the United States, despite the fact that the total number of trips increased by 0.9 percent.
“We continue to focus on driving behavior that we all know is unsafe: refusing to fasten a seat belt, speeding, driving with disabilities, driving in a distracted state,” the NHTSA Acting Administrator said in a recent interview (National US Traffic Safety Management) James Owens.
Comparing the results of this year’s traffic accidents with the data of previous decades, you can see what significant improvements the 2019 results represent. In 2007, 41,259 deaths were recorded as a result of traffic accidents, and in 1980, 51,091 people died on the roads. The mortality rate in 2019 was 1.10 per 100 million kilometers traveled, versus 1.36% per 100 million kilometers in 2007 and more than 3.20 per 100 million kilometers in 1980.
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