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Risk of Dying in Car Crashes Rose for a 3rd Consecutive Month in Pandemic

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By    |   Friday, 24 July 2020 10:34 AM

In a bizarre twist, data from the National Safety Council reveals that despite coronavirus lockdowns across the country, more Americans are dying from motor vehicle accidents.

Although the number of miles driven fell 25.5% in May compared to the same month in 2019, the rate of vehicle fatalities went up 23.5%. The NSC said that this was the third consecutive month showing an increased risk of death on the roadways.

According to The Hill, car crashes remain the number one cause of death in the workplace. Lorraine M. Martin, the president and CEO of NSC, said in a press release that employers should “reiterate the need for safe streets.”

“Employers can make a real difference in improving safety on our roadways, helping to protect their employees, as well as other road users,” she said, according to The Hill.

The states with the biggest increases in road fatalities were New Hampshire, Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas and North Carolina. Nine other states, including Florida, Arizona, Maryland, Tennessee, Wyoming, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Michigan had fewer motor vehicle deaths than last year.

“At a moment when the country should be reaping a safety benefit from less traffic, the roads are riskier, threatening to reverse traffic safety gains made over the last few years,” said the NCS in its report. Data from all 50 states showed that for the third month in a row, road users in the U.S. were at higher risk of dying from motor vehicle crashes.

The NSC urges drivers to:

  • Obey speed limits even if traffic is light.
  • Practice defensive driving by buckling up and avoiding distractions.
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic, especially in urban areas.
  • Organizations and employers are encouraged to join Road to Zero: A Plan to Eliminate Roadway Deaths.

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