Vision Zero Watch: Can a Change in Traffic Patterns Cause a Spike in Fatalities?

Crash data not only helps decision-makers understand the character, causes, and outcomes of accidents to better inform them on the way to best design new strategies for improving road safety. But it also provides context for state authorities to mitigate or enhance problems towards their ultimate goal of zero deaths.

However, despite programs that aimed to eliminate traffic deaths as early as possible, 2020 saw a drastic change in traffic patterns, which led to an overall spike in fatalities and new challenges for decision-makers.