The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2021 was the worst year for traffic deaths since 2005, with an increase of 10.5%, according to the most recent data released on Tuesday. The NHTSA estimates that there will be 42,915 traffic accidents on U.S. roads in 2021, capturing a record-breaking year in the first quarter, first half and 3 quarters.
Traffic deaths have risen for three consecutive years. Preliminary figures would be the highest death toll since 2005, when 43,443 people died in traffic accidents. The 10.5% annual growth is also said to be the highest jump since it began in 1975.
Road deaths have increased in all 10 NHTSA regions. Only six states have been able to reduce their road deaths; The other 44 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, have jumped above 2020. Even it wasn’t just responsible for one or two types of crashes. Deaths from both road accidents and urban road accidents have risen by 16%, with daytime deaths, among people over 65, involving pedestrians and at least one large truck accounting for more than 10% of all deaths.
In comparison, crashes involving alcohol and reporting to the police registered “only” 5% bumps, as did speeding-related accidents.
The agency did not cite epidemic-related bad driving behavior as of 2020, when drivers traveled fewer miles but more people died. The results note a steady decline in seatbelt use as one of the perpetrators. NHTSA has launched the Click It or Ticket Campaign to raise awareness about seatbelt use. Another culprit is that more people spend more time on the streets; Data shows that road users traveled about 325 billion more miles last year than in 2020, covering a total of 3.23 trillion miles, an increase of 11.2%.
A number of programs are being introduced under the Bilateral Infrastructure Act to improve road safety, including safer roads and roads for all that plan to spend $ 5 billion over five years on local efforts to reduce road accidents and fatalities, announced Monday. By Transport Secretary Pete Butigig.
The initiatives fall under NHSTA’s secure systems approach, which has been described as “a data-driven, holistic, and equitable approach to roadway safety that fully integrates all user needs, anticipating errors by drivers and other road users, and the impact of accidents.” Conducts “forcibly tolerated by the human body. The Safe Systems approach has five components: safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speed, safe roads and post-accident care. “
When it starts to show results, some local roads may look a little different now than it is now The Federal Highway Administration said, “Examples include physically isolating people traveling at different speeds, giving different users specific time to pass through a space, and warning users of danger and other road users.”