U.S. Traffic Deaths Highest In 16 Years

Nearly 43,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2021 in this country, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 lives lost in 2020. That’s an average of almost 120 deaths every day. Those numbers represent the highest death toll since 2005 and the largest annual percentage increase in the nearly five-decade history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Those are the main findings of new estimates of crash deaths last year released on Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“We face a crisis on America’s roadways that we must address together,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. “With our

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