2022 Was Another Record-Breaking Year For Bloodshed on Massachusetts Roadways

At least 430 people died on public roadways in Massachusetts during 2022, which marks the second consecutive year that the Commonwealth has broken ...

January 4, 2023
5:06 AM

At least 430 people died on public roadways in Massachusetts during 2022, which marks the second consecutive year that the Commonwealth has broken a new record for traffic fatalities, according to MassDOT crash records. Previously, 2021 had been the deadliest year on Massachusetts roadways in over a decade, with 408 traffic deaths (this number was later revised upward to 418 deaths in MassDOT's crash database). In 2022, one in four victims of roadway violence were either pedestrians or bicycle users – a significantly higher ratio compared with previous years, when victims were relatively more likely to be drivers or passengers in motor vehicles.