GREENVILLE, N.C. (Stacker.com) — Media outlets were quick during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdowns that defined the summer and fall of 2020 to note just how little traffic there was as a result.

Simple logic would suggest that less traffic equals a lower likelihood of accidents and thus fewer injuries and fatalities. Sadly, this was not the case.

Nationwide, traffic fatalities rose 7.2% in 2020 to nearly 39,000. That number was the highest recorded since 2007. Qualifying this disturbing fact is a sticky wicket—common denominators behind traffic deaths such as impaired driving, failure to use a seat belt, and excessive speed were certainly contributing factors, but they alone do not account for a rise in deaths commensurate with a 430-million-mile drop in the number of miles people traveled across the course of the year. What can be qualified, however, is where fatal crashes took place.

Citing data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Stacker identified the counties in North Carolina that had the most fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2020. The number of accident fatalities are ranked by the number of deaths per 100,000 people, with the raw number functioning as a tiebreaker. The analysis only looked at counties with at least five deaths during 2020. Additional data is included on pedestrian, bicyclist, and drunk-driving-related deaths. In counties where at least five fatalities happened on the same street or interstate, the road with the most deaths is also included.

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#50. Burke County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 15.9 per 100K people (#983 nationally, 14 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 2 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#49. Chatham County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.0 per 100K people (#976 nationally, 12 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#48. Jackson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.3 per 100K people (#956 nationally, 7 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#47. Catawba County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.3 per 100K people (#951 nationally, 26 deaths)
– 6 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 8 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#46. Brunswick County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.4 per 100K people (#944 nationally, 22 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#45. Cumberland County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 16.8 per 100K people (#920 nationally, 56 deaths)
– 19 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#44. Randolph County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.4 per 100K people (#891 nationally, 25 deaths)
– 3 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#43. Cherokee County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.5 per 100K people (#888 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#42. Lee County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.6 per 100K people (#885 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#41. Alamance County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 17.7 per 100K people (#877 nationally, 30 deaths)
– 8 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#40. Lenoir County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.1 per 100K people (#856 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 1 bicyclist death
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#39. Richmond County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.5 per 100K people (#838 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#38. Johnston County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 18.5 per 100K people (#836 nationally, 39 deaths)
– 5 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 10 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: US-70 (10 fatalities)

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#37. Davidson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.0 per 100K people (#811 nationally, 32 deaths)
– 5 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: I-85 (8 fatalities)

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#36. Cleveland County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.2 per 100K people (#804 nationally, 19 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#35. Rowan County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.2 per 100K people (#802 nationally, 28 deaths)
– 7 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#34. Wilkes County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.6 per 100K people (#769 nationally, 13 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#33. Surry County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 19.6 per 100K people (#768 nationally, 14 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#32. Edgecombe County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.2 per 100K people (#744 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#31. Sampson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.2 per 100K people (#743 nationally, 12 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#30. Person County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 20.5 per 100K people (#733 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#29. Moore County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.3 per 100K people (#706 nationally, 21 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#28. Caswell County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 21.9 per 100K people (#683 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#27. Pender County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 23.3 per 100K people (#640 nationally, 14 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 1 bicyclist death
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#26. Vance County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 23.4 per 100K people (#634 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#25. Pitt County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 24.0 per 100K people (#613 nationally, 41 deaths)
– 9 pedestrian deaths
– 1 bicyclist death
– 11 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: SR-33 (5 fatalities)

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#24. Wilson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 24.1 per 100K people (#610 nationally, 19 deaths)
– 3 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 6 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#23. Franklin County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.1 per 100K people (#575 nationally, 17 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: US-401 (5 fatalities)

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#22. Rockingham County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.3 per 100K people (#568 nationally, 23 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 2 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#21. Polk County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 25.8 per 100K people (#551 nationally, 5 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#20. Harnett County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 26.3 per 100K people (#527 nationally, 35 deaths)
– 4 pedestrian deaths
– 2 bicyclist deaths
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#19. Martin County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 27.0 per 100K people (#506 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#18. Wayne County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 27.2 per 100K people (#496 nationally, 32 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 7 deaths involving drunk drivers
– Road with most fatalities: SR-55 (10 fatalities)

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#17. Granville County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 27.9 per 100K people (#479 nationally, 17 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 8 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#16. Madison County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 28.2 per 100K people (#466 nationally, 6 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#15. Nash County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 28.5 per 100K people (#453 nationally, 27 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 10 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#14. Scotland County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 29.1 per 100K people (#434 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#13. Yadkin County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 29.6 per 100K people (#422 nationally, 11 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#12. Duplin County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 34.1 per 100K people (#332 nationally, 17 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 5 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#11. Anson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 35.7 per 100K people (#294 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#10. Hoke County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 36.4 per 100K people (#276 nationally, 19 deaths)
– 2 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#9. Rutherford County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 37.2 per 100K people (#267 nationally, 24 deaths)
– 6 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#8. Columbus County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 38.9 per 100K people (#249 nationally, 20 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 1 bicyclist death
– 4 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#7. Warren County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 42.4 per 100K people (#219 nationally, 8 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#6. Halifax County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 42.6 per 100K people (#215 nationally, 21 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 12 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#5. Bladen County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 43.2 per 100K people (#213 nationally, 13 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 3 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#4. Hertford County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 45.4 per 100K people (#183 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 1 pedestrian death
– 1 bicyclist death
– 1 death involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#3. Robeson County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 46.3 per 100K people (#172 nationally, 55 deaths)
– 5 pedestrian deaths
– 3 bicyclist deaths
– 18 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#2. Montgomery County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 54.1 per 100K people (#118 nationally, 14 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 0 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities

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#1. Northampton County

– Motor vehicle crash fatalities: 55.8 per 100K people (#106 nationally, 10 deaths)
– 0 pedestrian deaths
– 0 bicyclist deaths
– 2 deaths involving drunk drivers
– No roads with at least five fatalities