U.S. Traffic Deaths Up In First Half Of 2015

On November 24, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a news release titled “Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.”  The release discusses both 2014 traffic death statistics as well as discusses trends for the first half of 2015.

A couple of excerpts:

The nation saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America’s roads, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today.

also:

Data for 2014 from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show that while overall road deaths declined only slightly, it was the safest year on record for passenger vehicle occupants: 21,022 Americans died in vehicles in 2014, the lowest number since FARS began collecting data in 1975. While cyclist deaths also declined, the number of pedestrians killed rose by 3.1 percent from 2013.

Other trends remained stubbornly constant. Deaths in drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities; approximately half of all vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts; deaths of motorcyclists without helmets remained far higher in states without strong helmet laws; and speeding was a factor in more than one in four deaths. NHTSA research shows that in an estimated 94 percent of crashes, the critical cause is a human factor. In contrast, vehicle-related factors are the critical reason in about 2 percent of crashes.

Additional details can be found in the NHTSA press release mentioned above, as well as the November 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “US Traffic deaths rise 8 percent in first half of 2015.”

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