As many as 42,060 people in the United States are estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes through 2020, an amount not seen since 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC).

This marks an 8% over the previous year, despite 2020 being a year where people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic, NSC said. The preliminary estimated rate of death on the roads last year spiked 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. The increase in the rate of death is the highest estimated year-over-year jump that NSC has calculated since 1924.

An estimated 4.8 million additional roadway users were seriously injured in crashes in 2020, and the estimated cost to society was $474 billion, NSC added.

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