Motor vehicle-related deaths were up in 2020 despite a decrease in miles driven in 2020. Motor vehicle-related deaths were the highest in 13 years, according to estimates from the National Safety Council. The National Safety Council released preliminary data that indicates 42,060 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020. This number represents an increase of deaths by 85 over 2019. However, miles driven in 2020 dropped 13% compared to 2019.
Places that experienced more than a 15% increase in the estimated number of vehicle-related deaths last year were Arkansas, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont.
Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming experienced a drop.
In January 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a request for information about developing a Large Truck Crash Causal Factors Study. Technology and driver behavior have changed in more than 15 years since the agency’s original study.
NCS believes the only way to prevent accidents is to understand what causes them.