The number of fatal road accidents in the United States has reached a 20-year high

The number of fatal road accidents in the United States has reached a 20-year high

Number U.S. fatal crashes hit 20-year high

Williamsburg Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York (file photo)   U.S. fatal crash hits 20-year high

9,560 people died on U.S. roads in the first quarter of 2022

In the first three months of 2022, the number of road traffic deaths in the United States jumped by about 7% to 9,560, the most in the first quarter since 2002, according to a preliminary estimate by the authorities.

According to According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of deaths due to road traffic accidents has increased dramatically. In 2021, the number of fatal accidents increased by 10.5% and amounted to 42,915 people. This is the highest annual rate since 2005.

The Biden administration called the situation a “crisis”.

After the authorities began to lift the restrictions imposed in connection with the pandemic, the number of deaths due to road accidents has increased dramatically. In the first three months of 2022, the number of road fatalities increased by 21% compared to 7,893 deaths in the same period in 2020.

“The statistics are still moving in the wrong direction,” the outgoing official said in a statement. NHTSA Chief Executive Steve Cliff. “It's time for all states to redouble their road safety efforts.”

Last week, Cliff announced that he was resigning to take up the post of head of the California Department of Environmental Protection. On Friday, road safety community groups asked the White House to nominate a new head of agency as soon as possible.

The director of the Association of Highway Safety Leaders, Jonathan Adkins, said that “unfortunately, in the United States This is the third year in a row that road deaths have risen.”

In 2021, the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 13% to 742, the highest since 1981. The number of cyclist fatalities rose 5% to 985, the highest number since 1980, according to the NHTSA.

With fewer people on U.S. roads during the pandemic, some motorists have begun to think the police are less likely to issues fines, experts say. This probably leads to more risky behavior of people on the roads.