Yet, the surprise isn’t the increase, but by the amount » 10.5 percent, the biggest year-over-year jump, ever.
The number of people dying on America’s roads is increasing. The US had 38,842 deaths in 2020, which is 7.2 percent higher than 2019 despite the numerous lockdowns related to the COVID pandemic.
While the U.S. death toll continues to surge, traffic fatalities in other developed countries continues falling.
Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the latest road fatality statistics. It is “grim reading,” the latter being a phrase that regularly appears in news articles about American road death statistics for the past half-century. 42,915 people died while trying to get where they needed to go on U.S. roads last year. That’s 117 people on average each day, or about the number of people you can stuff into a large regional jet. One plane going down every day for an entire year.