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Reckless Driving is Contributing to Sharp Rise in Fatal Accidents in 2020

December 08, 2020

According to an online new report, the number of fatal car accidents in 2020 has been steadily rising. The number of fatal accidents in 2020 is surprising, considering that traffic volume has been significantly lower due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may have provided the answer as to why there are more fatal crashes with fewer motor vehicles on the roadways. According to, the number of drivers engaging in speeding and other forms of reckless driving is up, and this could be leading to more fatal collisions. 

In October of 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new crash data reports that focus on automobile accident fatalities in 2019, along with the first half of 2020. The reports suggest that U.S. roads were more deadly in the second quarter of 2020 than in the past four years.

James Owens, the NHTSA deputy administrator, said that 2019 was one of the safest years for highway safety on record and that the NHTSA is working to return to those safer times as quickly as possible. 

According to the news report that quotes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "2019 was the third year in a row" to have a decrease in annual vehicle-related deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that the increase in risky behavior, such as not wearing seatbelts, speeding, racing, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is contributing to the increase in fatal accidents in 2020. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently stated that their preliminary findings demonstrate that people are making bad decisions during the pandemic leading to catastrophic consequences. An analysis of the data found that there have been many more drivers on the road with drugs or alcohol in their system. This uptick started to occur in March. Additional data has found that many drivers are not only driving faster, but many drivers are driving at speeds of 100 mph or more. The accident data also finds there are fewer passengers wearing their seatbelts.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that the agency would continue to accumulate crash data and distribute finalized reports regarding accident statistics later in 2020 and another annual report at the end of 2021. 

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Category: Auto Accidents

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