U.S. Traffic Deaths in 2021 Record Highest Numbers in Over a Decade
The deaths in 2021 were the highest since 2005...
U.S. traffic deaths jumped 10.5% in 2021 to 42,915 - marking the highest number of deaths on American roads since 2005, according to regulators on Tuesday in a preliminary estimate.
The yearly increase of 10.5% is the highest reported since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began tracking traffic fatalities in 1975.
The number of pedestrians killed went from 13% to 7,342, the highest number since 1981. The number of people on bicycles killed rose 5% to 985, the highest number in over 40 years.
Experts believe the pandemic has increased the rate of drivers engaging in unsafe behavior on the road. As roads became less crowded, drivers may have believed police were less likely to administer tickets, according to NHTSA experts.
"An increase in dangerous driving - speeding, distracted driving, drug- and alcohol-impaired driving, not buckling up - during the pandemic, combined with roads designed for speed instead of safety, has wiped out a decade and a half of progress in reducing traffic crashes, injuries and deaths."
Governors Highway Safety Association said in a statement.
US traffic and road officials believe we are facing an American crisis that we must handle together to bring about a safer environment on our roads.