Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says
Traffic deaths rose 10.5% over 2020, the largest percentage increase since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its fatality data collection in 1975.
Preliminary figures from the agency show that 42,915 people died in traffic crashes last year, up from 38,824 in 2020. Final figures will be released in the fall.
Americans drove about 325 billion more miles last year than they did in 2020. That’s an 11.2% jump that contributed to the rise in deaths.