Friday, 04 June 2021 19:43

2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic


...a large truck (commercial or non-commercial use) are projected to decline marginally, down 2%. Fatalities among older persons (65+ years of age) are projected to decline by about 9%.


Special Reports


Last summer, recognizing the unique circumstances, NHTSA researchers began compiling additional data from a wide variety of sources to enhance understanding of what was happening on the roadways during the pandemic.


This research led to a series of special reports, including two issued June 3: Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities and Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories in 2020 and Update to Special Reports on Traffic Safety During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: Fourth Quarter Data.


These update earlier reports released in October 2019, Drug and Alcohol Prevalence in Seriously and Fatally Injured Road Users Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, and Examination of the Traffic Safety Environment During the Second Quarter of 2020: Special Report and January’s Update to Special Reports on Traffic Safety During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.


NHTSA’s research suggests throughout the national public health emergency and associated lockdowns, driving patterns and behaviors changed significantly, and that drivers who remained on the roads engaged in more risky behavior, including speeding, failing to wear seat belts and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Traffic data indicates average speeds increased throughout the year, and examples of extreme speeds became more common, while the evidence also shows fewer people involved in crashes used their seat belts.


Source: NHTSA


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