The NSC Preliminary Estimates More Vehicles Return to the Roads Leading to Crashes and Accidents Resulting in Deaths
The first half of 2021 is looking similar to the previous deadly year on the roads.
The National Safety Council (NSC) released preliminary estimates that show a 16 percent increase in vehicle deaths from the first six months of 2021 as more people began driving around. The upward trend began last year during the onset of the pandemic and negates more than 15 years of progress in preventing deaths on U.S. roads. In the first six months of 2021, the NSC estimated more than 21,400 people lost their lives on the road.
“These figures are not only alarming but devastating as we see once again too many lives lost on the roads,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “It is up to each and every one of us to do everything we can to be safe and keep each other safe. NSC implores every person to take safe driving practices seriously; they could be the difference between someone living or dying.”
The NSC estimates show, for the end of 2020, that 42,000 people may have died on the roads. This indicated a 24 percent rise in the death rate while the number of miles driven dropped to 13 percent. Through the first six months of 2021, the death rate rose to three percent, revealing that roadways are becoming even more dangerous.
“Our roads are becoming riskier not only each day but each year,” said Mark Chung, NSC vice president, roadway practice. “We need to help each other in making the roads in our communities safer for all users. If you witness unsafe driving behaviors, say something if you are able and possibly save someone from losing their life.”