Traffic Fatalities Decline in 2014 but Rise in 2015
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Dec 16, 2015 in Car Accidents
Traffic deaths dropped to a record low in 2014, with only 32,675 lives lost. Despite this decline, projections for car accident fatalities in 2015 are not as promising.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic-related deaths during the first six months of 2015 were 8.1 percent higher than death rates during the same time period in 2014.
NHTSA officials believe low fuel prices may have contributed to the increase in traffic deaths seen in 2015, as more affordable gas prices often lead to more leisure driving, road trips, and more young drivers on the roads.
2014 Traffic Fatality Statistics and Trends
In 2014, traffic fatalities decreased 0.1 percent as compared to 2013, with 1.07 traffic deaths occurring per 100 million automobile miles traveled. While total traffic deaths fell in 2014, the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed in traffic accidents rose 3.1 percent, totaling 4,884 deaths.
Despite an overall decline in traffic-related deaths in 2014, common causes of accident fatalities remained consistent, such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Currently, drunk driving-related deaths make up approximately one-third of all yearly accident fatalities. Excessive speed contributes to over 25 percent of all traffic deaths per year, and nearly half of those killed in car accidents each year are not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.
2015 Traffic Death Increase Demands Action
Despite record low traffic fatalities in 2014, 2015 is not following the same trend. Such a shocking increase in roadway fatalities following a previous decline demands action, according to NHTSA administrator, Mark Rosekind.
Rosekind states that in addition to public awareness regarding vehicle defects and automotive recalls, laws regarding distracted driving and driving while intoxicated need to be strengthened. Rosekind calls for both state and local governments to analyze current traffic rules and policies to determine if they are effective in preventing roadway deaths.
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