Department of Transportation Report Shows Spike in Traffic Fatalities
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Feb 26, 2016 in Car Accidents
According to a 2015 traffic report compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the number of traffic fatalities on the nation’s roadways increased dramatically in 2015, despite deaths declining in previous years.
The recent increase has prompted USDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to host several regional conventions to address the potential causes of the sudden increase in traffic deaths.
Dangerous behaviors such as drinking and driving, speeding, and texting while driving are thought to be contributing factors to the sudden rise in traffic fatalities.
The USDOT Report
From January, 2015—September, 2015, more than 26,000 people died in traffic collisions across the U.S. During the same nine month time period in 2014, less than 23, 800 people died.
Overall, this increase equates to a 9.3 percent rise in fatalities nationwide. Individual regions across the country saw increases ranging from two to 20 percent. In nearly 94 percent of all fatal crashes, human error was to blame.
The increase in highway deaths follows years of steady, gradual declines. In 2014, traffic fatalities declined 1.2 percent. From 2002 to 2014, traffic deaths dropped more than 22 percent.
Regional Highway Safety Conventions Planned
Earlier this month, USDOT and NHTSA held their first of several regional conventions—or safety summits—in Sacramento, CA. The countrywide summits will begin in California and end in Washington, D.C.
At the summits, safety officials will discuss new strategies for combatting speeding and distracted driving, as well as motorists’ failure to use seat belts—as all of these potentially deadly situations are highly preventable, and may have contributed greatly to the increase in traffic deaths in 2015.
By raising awareness and implementing new approaches to reducing traffic fatalities, USDOT and NHTSA can help to ensure the roads are as safe as possible, in West Virginia and throughout the United States.
If you or someone you love received injuries from an auto accident that was caused by an impaired or distracted driver, reach out today to the skilled car accident lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC. We can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.