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Friday, 04 June 2021 19:43

2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic

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...the corresponding quarters of 2019. NHTSA will continue to carefully analyze various data sources to understand how the risks to vulnerable road users might have changed during 2020 and the contributing factors for the increase.
 
Preliminary finding show that traffic fatalities rose in most major categories over 2019: 

 

  • Passenger vehicle occupants (23,395, up 5%)
  • Pedestrians (6,205, flat from 2019)
  • Motorcyclists (5,015, up 9%)
  • Pedalcyclists (people on bikes) (846, up 5%)

 

Crash factors and demographics reviewed by NHTSA that showed the largest increases in 2020 as compared to 2019 included: 

 

  • Non-Hispanic Black people (up 23%) 
  • Occupant ejection (up 20%)
  • Unrestrained occupants of passenger vehicles (up 15%)
  • On urban interstates (up 15%)
  • On urban local/collector roads (up 12%)
  • In speeding-related crashes (up 11%)
  • On rural local/collector roads (up 11%)
  • During nighttime (up 11%) 
  • During the weekend (up 9%) 
  • In rollover crashes (up 9%) 
  • In single-vehicle crashes (up 9%)  
  • In police-reported alcohol involvement crashes (up 9%)

 

There are a few categories that are projected to have decreases in fatalities in 2020. Fatalities in crashes involving...


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