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Some U.S. States See Double-Digit Growth in Accident Fatalities in 2020

March 10, 2021

PENNSYLVANIA - According to a report published by the National Safety Council, the number of people tragically killed in motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania in 2020 grew from 1,107 to 1,116, which is a 5% increase in one year. The report states that Pennsylvania's statistics were very similar to other states in terms of an increase in vehicular deaths last year despite a drop in traffic. However, Pennsylvania's increase in traffic fatalities was not as high as most other states.  

The National Safety Council estimated that nine states witnessed a drop in traffic-related fatalities: 

  • Alaska (3%), 
  • Delaware (11%), 
  • Hawaii (20%),
  • Idaho (7%), 
  • Maine (1%), 
  • Nebraska (9%), 
  • New Mexico (4%), 
  • North Dakota (1%), and 
  • Wyoming (13%).

The National Safety Council estimates that eight U.S. states experienced an increase in fatalities by 15% or more in 2019: 

  • Arkansas (26%),
  • Connecticut (22%), 
  • District of Columbia (33%), 
  • Georgia (18%), 
  • Mississippi (19%), 
  • Rhode Island (26%), 
  • South Dakota (33%), and 
  • Vermont (32%).

According to National Safety Council President Lorraine Martin, it is tragic that vehicles were removed off roads, and there were no safety benefits. The National Safety Council estimates that about 42,060 people were tragically killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2020, increasing to about 8% over 2019. The report also estimates that around 8 million people were seriously injured in traffic-related accidents in 2020, costing society about $474 billion.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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