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U.S. Traffic Deaths Remain Near 10-Year High

U.S. traffic deaths are estimated to top 40,000 for the second consecutive year, remaining at the 10-year high set in 2016.

Policymakers Consider Traffic Deaths a Health Crisis

While the estimates by the National Safety Council are not official federal figures, the report underscores a growing consensus among lawmakers and experts that traffic deaths are a public health crisis which needs to be addressed.

Current estimates put the death toll around 40,100 which would be down about 1 percent from 2016; however, the estimates would still mark a 6 percent increase over 2015.

NHTSA, on the other hand, estimated that car accidents resulted in 37,461 in 2016. Still, this marked a 5.6 percent increase from their 2015 estimates. Variations between the NCS and NHTSA estimates are likely due to the fact that the council includes parking lot, driveway, and private road deaths while NHTSA does not.

National Traffic Accident Statistics

According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,485 people were killed in auto accidents in the United States in 2016, marking a 5.6-percent increase from 2015.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2016:
    • 22,639 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,495 were pedestrians
    • 5,029 were motorcyclists
    • 829 were pedalcyclists
    • 665 were occupants of large trucks
    • 235 were listed as other or unknown
  • Injury estimates for the year have not yet been made available.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

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