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2015 May Be Deadliest Year for Motorists Since 2007, Experts Predict

2015 May Be Deadliest Year for Motorists Since 2007, Experts Predict

2015 May Be Deadliest Year for Motorists Since 2007, Experts Predict

Since 2007, there has been a steady decrease in the incidence of deadly crashes on U.S. roadways. This trend may be brought to a halt this year, however, as transportation regulators have found that the first half of this year has seen a significant spike in the number of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S.

In fact, as officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have discovered, the traffic-related fatality rate for the first six months of 2015 is up more than 8 percent when compared to the data from the same period in 2014. Although these findings are based on preliminary data (which could change), they do present a worrisome trend in indicating that this may be the first time within the past seven years that traffic accident fatality rates have surged in the U.S.

Just some of the factors that regulators have pointed to in explaining these numbers include:

  • Lower unemployment rates, putting more commuters on the road on a regular basis
  • Lower fuel prices, also contributing to more drivers and more leisure driving
  • More inexperienced/younger drivers on the roads

A Closer Look at the NHTSA’s Findings

While additional findings about the incidence and impacts of traffic accidents in 2015 will not be available until sometime next year (once all of the data for this year has been collected and analyzed), regulators have noted the following statistics regarding traffic accidents last year :

  • In about 94 percent of all traffic accidents, “the critical cause is a human factor,” while vehicle-related issues are only a major factor in about 2 percent of all crashes.
  • About 50 percent of those killed in fatal traffic crashes in 2014 were not buckled up or properly restrained.
  • About 1 in every 10 traffic fatalities was caused by a distracted driver.
  • Nearly 3 percent of all deadly traffic crashes involved drowsy or fatigued driving.

Commenting on this data, as well as the reported spike in deadly traffic crashes in 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated:

These numbers are a call to action…Everyone with a responsibility for road safety – the federal, State and local governments, law enforcement, vehicle manufacturers, safety advocates and road users – needs to reassess our efforts to combat threats to safety. USDOT will redouble our efforts on safety and we expect our partners to do the same.

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