During 2019, an estimated 36,600 people were killed in automobile accidents, 4.5 million people were injured and some 23 million vehicles were damaged, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which noted car crashes cost Americans $340 billion during the year.

The NHTSA reported that people not directly involved in crashes pay roughly three-quarters of all crash costs through insurance premiums, taxes, congestion-related costs (such as lost time), excess fuel and increased environmental impact.

"When it comes to roadway deaths, we have a crisis that's urgent, unacceptable — and preventable," Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said in a release. "We cannot and must not accept that these fatalities are somehow an inevitable part of life in America."

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Steve Hallo

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