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US road deaths hit highest level since 2005 as driving rebounds | app

Road deaths rose last year to their highest level since 2005, with drivers increasingly returning to the roads after a drop in the early days of the pandemic.

Nearly 43,000 people died in car crashes in 2021, a 10.5% jump from the previous year, according to a statement released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This initial estimate represented the largest increase ever recorded over one year.

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