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Georgia's Traffic-related Fatalities Increase by 8% Although Mileage Driven Drops by 13%

March 10, 2021

DETROIT, MI - The coronavirus stay-at-home orders and lockdowns may have kept a lot of motorists off U.S. roadways in 2020, but traffic-related fatalities rose sharply.  One of the primary reasons for the increased number of fatal traffic accidents was due to reckless driving and "super-speeding" due to the wide-open roadways. 

According to the non-profit National Safety Council, an accident data report estimated that approximately 42,060 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2020, an increase of about 8% over 2019.  The report also found that this was the first significant "jump" in traffic fatalities in four years.  The traffic fatality rate, which is recorded in accidents per 100 million miles driven, dramatically rose by 24%.  This was the largest single-year increase since the National Safety Council started collecting accident data back in 1923.

The National Safety Council's report states that Georgia had 267 more traffic-related deaths in 2020 than in 2019.  That was a 16% increase.  Florida's traffic-related deaths increased in 2020 by 159, which was a 5% increase.  

Tragically, although traffic volume is returning to pre-coronavirus levels, the bad driving behavior on the roadway is continuing, law enforcement authorities say.

According to the National Safety Council, last year's fatalities were the highest since 2007.  In 2007, 43,945 people were tragically killed in motor vehicle accidents.  The National Safety Council estimates that 4.8 million people were injured in accidents last year alone.

Ken Kolosh, Manager of Statistics for the National Safety Council reports that Federal data reveals that U.S. drivers drove 13% fewer miles in 2020, yet the number of traffic fatalities grew at an alarming rate.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that speeding is the reckless behavior that appears to be the top cause of fatal accidents.  In addition, trauma center chemical testing on patients involved in motor vehicle accidents showed an increase in alcohol, opioids, and marijuana use.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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