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U.S. Traffic Deaths up 10 Percent in 2016


According to several media outlets, traffic fatalities in America rose by roughly 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016.

Upward Trend Began in Late 2014

At a conference between the Department of Transportation, National Safety Council, and other traffic safety groups, a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and injuries on United States roadways over the next 30 years was made.

An ambitious goal, considering there were 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 – a 7.2 percent jump from the year previous, according to media sources.

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spoke at the conference, saying that an immediate crisis is on our hands. In the first half of 2016, there were 17,775 motor vehicle traffic related fatalities. This figure compares to the 16,100 over the same period in 2015.

According to several media sources, the recent improvement in the economy means more people on the roads. The Federal Highway Administration says there has been a 3.3 percent increase in the total miles driven by Americans in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the NHTSA regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2015.

  • The 7.2 percent increase in fatalities between 2014 and 2015 is the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • The estimated number of injured people also increased – 105,000 more people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 than 2014.
  • Fatalities in distraction-affected crashes increased 8.8 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • 29 percent of 2015 traffic fatalities (10,265) involved cases of alcohol-impaired driving.
  • The number of young drivers 16 to 20 years old involved in fatal crashes increased by 10 percent from 2014 to 2015.

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