Surprising and Dramatic Increase in Automotive Fatalities in 2021

Nov 3, 2021

Car accidents are often overlooked as one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Driving a vehicle is an everyday routine for a lot of people, and as a result, people become desensitized to the probability of hazardous outcomes. 

COVID-19 Automotive Fatalities

Since the pandemic began, the number of automotive fatalities are up by 10 percent from 2020 to 2021.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now released its numbers from the first quarter of 2021, and it turns out American roads became more threatening as the pandemic transpired. The number of fatalities in the first quarter of 2021 was the highest since at least 2009.

By the Numbers

One would assume that more time in isolation would lead to fewer automotive fatalities, but the numbers don’t lie. 

During the first three months of this year, NHTSA said an estimated 8730 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Since there were 7900 fatalities in the same time period in 2020, that represents an increase of about 10.5 percent.

Reasons for Increased Automotive Fatalities

Why are the roads becoming more dangerous?

  • We drove less during the pandemic, which inevitably led to a lower volume of time spent behind the wheel (less practice = more accidents)
  • Driving habits changed (increased distraction while driving)
  • Fewer people were on the road which led to an increase in average driving speed
  • Higher speeds ultimately produce violent accidents

Moving Forward

As we continue the positive momentum against the pandemic, people will begin driving again on a more consistent basis. It’s crucial that all drivers share responsibility on the roads so that we can start trending in a positive direction again.


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