Traffic Fatalities in 2014 Drop, but Expected to Increase for 2015
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Dec 10, 2015 in Auto Accidents
In 2014, traffic fatalities in the U.S. fell to a record low, as only 1.07 deaths occurred per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) reporting system, 32,675 people died in vehicle crashes in 2014. Even though 2014 traffic fatalities declined, it appears that the pattern is not holding steady in 2015.
Early estimates based on the first half of 2015 show an 8.1 percent increase in the traffic fatality rate compared to the previous year. Some suspect the increase in roadway deaths this year is due to lower fuel prices, which means more people driving, as well as an increase in younger drivers hitting the roads.
Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx called for safety advocates, road users, government, law enforcement and manufacturers to come together to solve this major safety concern.
The NHTSA will be focusing on behavioral safety efforts to curb roadway fatalities. Unsafe driving practices resulting from human error are overwhelmingly the cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Drunk driving, drug use, drowsy driving, speeding, failure to wear seat belts and distracted driving have all played a role in contributing to the increased death rate. The NHTSA is launching safety initiatives that will combat these behaviors.
Additionally, community meetings will be held in major cities next year, such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Sacramento to discuss traffic safety issues and talk about the best ways to distribute $500 million in safety grants.
In addition, many safety advocates hope that new technology innovations will further put a stop to unsafe driving behaviors.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a due to another drivers negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Harbin & Burnett today for a free consultation.