There was another huge tragedy that occurred in 2001. Yet, unlike Sept. 11, it is rarely spoken about and it seems that nobody really cares. Just under 3,000 people died as a result of the Sept. 11 hijackings. In 2001, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42,196 people died in traffic accidents in the U.S. Although this is over 14 times more lives lost than in the terrorist attacks, this tragedy recurred in 2002, 2003, etc., to the present with little change.