NHTSA Study Estimates Q1 2022 Traffic Deaths At 20-Year High

Preliminary information suggests roads in the United States are becoming more dangerous. Preliminary estimates show that 9,560 people died in traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2022, up 7.0 percent from the 8,935 deaths projected for Q1 2021. This is the highest number of Q1 deaths since 2002, according to a new report from the National Road Traffic Safety Administration. Raya.

In Q1 2022, NHTSA data shows increase in deaths for seven consecutive quarters. In fact, Q2 2021 saw a 21.8 percent jump, which is the largest increase in recorded history.

NHTSA breaks down quarterly forecasts by state. Check out the table in the gallery below to see where your state ranks. The agency expects an increase in deaths in Q1 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 in 29 states and the District of Columbia. 19 states and Puerto Rico have projected a decline in deaths. There was no change in the two countries.

Federal Highway Administration data showed that vehicle mileage in the first three months of 2022 was up 5.6 percent, an increase of about 40.2 billion miles. In terms of the traffic fatality rate, the data show that it 1.27 deaths per 100 million miles traveled in Q1 2022compared to 1.25 per 100 million for Q1 2021.

“The overall number is still moving in the wrong direction. Now is the time for all states to double down on traffic safety. Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, there are more resources for research, interventions, and effective messages and programs that can turn things around.” a deadly and lifesaving trend,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Steven Cliff.

It is worth pointing out that the death toll for 2021 and 2022 is still preliminary. To generate these preliminary figures, NHTSA used info from the Death Analysis Reporting System, Early Notification data, and Monthly Death Counts. The agency applies the Time Series Cross Section Regression procedure based on month and region.

NHTSA will change the statistics at the end of September following the release of data for the first six months of 2022. The Final File for 2021 and the Annual Reporting File for 2022 will not be out until next year.

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