For the first time since the Great Recession, the U.S. has experienced three straight years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates released from the National Safety Council (NSC). In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes—a 1% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths) and 2016 (40,327 deaths). Approximately 4.5 million people were seriously injured in crashes last year—also a 1% decrease over 2017 figures.
At the state level, eight states—Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.—had at least a 5.8% spike in fatalities, according to council estimates. Five states experienced declines of more than 9.4%—Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.