According to the National Safety Council, pandemic-related factors led Americans to driving 13 percent fewer miles in 2020.
Still, the country experienced a 24 percent increase in the rate of road-related deaths – the largest year-over-year increase in 96 years.
CoPilot used this data to provide a report on the states with the most motor vehicle deaths per 100K people in 2020.
Coming in at #5 was Montana, followed by South Carolina (#4), Arkansas (#3) and Wyoming (#2).
The unfortunate top spot went to Mississippi, which saw a 19 percent increase in motor vehicle fatalities.
In a statement, NSC president and CEO Lorraine M. Martin remarked, “It is tragic that in the U.S., we took cars off the roads and didn't reap any safety benefits.”
Roadway accidents cost an estimated $474 billion in 2020.
A full copy of the report can be found here.