According to data from the US Department of Transportation, the death toll in traffic accidents in the USA reached the highest level recorded since 2006 in the first half of this year. Experts think that the reason for this may be the pandemic.
According to data from the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people who lost their lives in traffic accidents in the first half of 2022 approached 20,000. This is the highest death toll from a traffic accident recorded in a six-month period.
Transport Minister Pete Buttigieg expressed his concern and sadness on the matter: “We cannot and should not accept these deaths as part of daily life in America. No one can tackle this problem alone. To reach the day when American families don’t have to say goodbye to loved ones after a car accident, it takes the work of all local and federal governments, industry leaders, advocates, engineers and communities across the country.”
“The biggest factor is excessive speed”
Expert Adam Snider from the Governors’ Association of Highway Safety points out that speeding is the biggest factor in traffic accidents that lead to loss of life: “Many states have a speeding problem. I’m not talking about going 20 or 30 kilometers above the speed limit, I’m talking about speeding in excess of 200 kilometers per hour. We have to get this under control. Reckless driving habits are also a big problem, costing the lives of nearly 10,000 people every year.”
Experts emphasize that highways are calmer during the pandemic process, and therefore many drivers drive more risky.
Using a mobile phone while behind the wheel is also among the factors that increase the risk.