US sees safer roads in 2019

The US has benefited from safer roads in 2019.
Highway & Network Management / April 16, 2020 25 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
The US has seen a drop in road crashes during 2019 - image © courtesy of Mike Woof

Road safety has seen a slight improvement in the US during 2019 compared with 2018. According to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), fatalities from road crashes in 2019 dropped 2% to 38,800 when compared to data from the previous year.

This shows a continuing drop in road deaths in the US. In 2018, there were 39,404 road related fatalities on US roads, a drop from the 40,231 deaths recorded for 2017.

Meanwhile, the number of road deaths/population is also dropping. In 2019 there were 11.8 deaths/100,000 of population, again a drop of 2% compared to the figure for 2018. However the number of road deaths/distance travelled has remained broadly the same in 2019 as for 2018.

Overall however the US performs poorly when compared with other developed nations in regard to road safety. Sweden and Norway have amongst the best road safety records of any nations in the world.