Motor vehicle accidents claim more than 30,000 lives every year in the U.S. This sobering statistic remains fairly constant year in and year out, with fluctuations bringing the total close to 40,000 some years and nearer to 30,000 other years.
Only once in the past 24 years, in 2011, did recorded traffic deaths fall below 30,000.
Tennessee Fatalities for 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 1,135 traffic deaths in Tennessee in 2019 according to the most recent report. Slightly more than half of these deaths occurred in urban areas of the state.
Those in passenger vehicles accounted for 777 of the total deaths, while motorcyclists accounted for another 155 deaths. Exactly 290 deaths involved drivers who measured a blood alcohol count over 0.08. The number of speeding-related fatalities came in at 180.
Tennessee roads exceeded the national average in terms of deaths per million miles traveled, with 1.37 deaths compared with 1.11 deaths in the U.S. For Tennessee, 2019 proved to be the most dangerous year in at least the prior four.
U.S. Fatalities in 2019
For 2019, the United States Department of Transportation reported 36,096 traffic deaths. This number included 5,015 motorcyclists, 6,205 pedestrians and 846 pedal cyclists.
Additional information showed that motorcycle deaths often involved crashes with stationary objects and that a high number of deaths involved only one vehicle. Large-truck crash fatalities remained almost exactly constant from 2018, with 5,005 in this category.
Roadway departure fatalities numbered 17,939, while intersection fatalities numbered 10,180. Speed-related deaths reached 9,478, a 1.1% decrease from 2018. Traffic fatalities decreased in 35 states and increased in 15 states from 2018 to 2019.