Early data shows the first half’s fatality rate decreased to 1.27 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The first half of 2021 had a projected rate of 1.30 fatalities per 100 million VMT. (Credit: Caito/Adobe Stock) Early data shows the first half’s fatality rate stood at 1.27 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The first half of 2021 had a projected rate of 1.30 fatalities per 100 million VMT. (Credit: Caito/Adobe Stock)

U.S. roadway deaths increased slightly (0.5%) during the first half of 2022, according to early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which projected 20,175 traffic fatalities so far this year. There were 20,070 deaths in the first half of 2021, which saw traffic fatalities hit a 16-year high.

While this year’s first half traffic deaths are outpacing last year’s six-month total, 2022’s second quarter did see a drop in the rate of fatal traffic accidents, NHTSA reported.

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