More people died in New York City car accidents in 2020 than in 2019, despite sharply reduced driving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and thus economic downturn. The local trend is in line with the broader ones recently referenced by Triple-I Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary James Lynch. compared to 203 at this time last year. This increase seems to be due to more speeding and careless driving, as evidenced by a doubling of speed tickets by 2020, from more than 2 million to 4 million.
Similar trends are reported in other states. In Minnesota, 372 fatalities have been reported, compared to 346 this time last year. Wisconsin reported an increase of 7.4 percent in the number of deaths.
During the first six months of 2020, Colorado deaths increased by only 1
Nationally, said Triple-I & # 39 ;s Lynch, "mileage this year is 12 percent lower, but traffic fatalities increase by 4 percent. The concern is that frequency patterns will return to normal, but fast driving will keep the severity of the injury high, which puts pressure on prices. "
WNYC's Steven Nessen reported some good news regarding pedestrian deaths in New York, which is down to 93 out of 108 this time last year.
" About "the city can continue, this could be the safest year for pedestrian deaths since Mayor DeBlasio took office," Nessen said. "
" Where we see a big jump in numbers is in motorcycle deaths, "he continued." These numbers almost doubled this year, to forty-seven. "
This is not surprising, given that deaths on motorcycles – per mile driven by car – occur almost 27 times more often than deaths in passenger cars in accidents.