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Recent surge in traffic deaths linked to higher-risk drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2022 | Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck Accidents |

Traffic deaths continue to rise across Oklahoma and the rest of the United States even though research shows that fewer motorists have been taking to the nation’s roads. Research also shows that all types of fatal crashes are increasing. However, the number of wrecks and fatal wrecks involving reckless or aggressive driving behaviors are also rising rapidly.

According to KTUL, fatal traffic crashes have reached their highest level since 2007. The shape increase in road deaths has transportation officials and safety advocates asking what they might do to help prevent these deaths on state and national roadways.

Oklahoma traffic death numbers

In 2020 alone, 654 people lost their lives in traffic crashes on Oklahoma roads. This is 14 more deaths than seen statewide the year prior. Many of these fatal traffic crashes share similar elements and driving behaviors in common.

Oklahoma traffic death contributing factors

Research shows that while safety-inclined motorists covered fewer miles in recent years, reckless, aggressive and irresponsible drivers took to the state and nation’s roadways more often. The average driver who increased his or her driving in recent years was young and male. This is concerning given that this demographic is statistically more likely to engage in risky behind-the-wheel behaviors than other motorists.

More specifically, this group is more likely to speed, exhibit aggressiveness or run red lights. Young males are also more likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or neglect to wear seat belts while in their vehicles.

Motorists who engage in risky or aggressive behaviors and cause fatal or nonfatal crashes may face serious sanctions in the aftermath.