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Car Accident Fatalities Up 8 Percent from 2014-2015

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

The rate of traffic fatalities in the United States were up 8 percent in 2015.

Details about Traffic Fatalities in the United States

The Hill is reporting that the number of people that were killed in traffic accidents in the United States increase 8 percent in 2015, according to the National Safety Council.

In 2014, there were 35,236 people that were killed in car accidents, but in 2015, that number rose to 38,300, according to the National Safety Council.

Deborah Hersman, current president of the National Safety Council and former National Transportation Safety Board Charwoman said that Americans are taking safety on the roadway for granted and are not realized that driving a vehicle is one of the riskiest things anyone can do.

Breaking Down the Alarming Data

The states with the largest increase in the number of car accident fatalities were:

  • Oregon – 27 percent
  • Georgia – 22 percent
  • Florida – 18 percent
  • South Carolina – 16 percent

The rise in the number of traffic fatalities in the United States has been attributed to the increased amount of driving that Americans are doing since economic conditions have been improving.

The National Safety Council also indicated that gas prices were as much as 28 percent lower in 2015 than they were in 2014, and are expected to go even lower in 2016 – this means that driving more often is now affordable to a larger number of people in the United States.

Just as the number of people that were killed in the United States rose from 2014 to 2015, the number of miles that were driven by Americans is also estimated to have risen by as much as 3.5 percent. 

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