Annual Traffic Fatalities Increasing

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jul 28, 2016 in Car Accident News

traffic accidentPreliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlights a 7.7 percent increase in traffic fatalities in 2015 compared to 2014 totals.
The NHTSA estimates 35,200 were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the country in 2015, compared to 32,675 total traffic accident deaths in 2014.

While the preliminary data requires further analysis, this information does show that the number of 2015 traffic deaths rose in nine of ten U.S. regions. Bicyclists and pedestrians saw the most substantial fatality increases.

Human behaviors were considered a contributing factor in 94 percent of fatal crashes, something the agency hopes to reduce.

Preliminary traffic fatality data is utilized by the NHTSA to support its efforts of improving motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian safety throughout the nation. The data is evaluated to pinpoint which factors may be linked to the fatality increase, while also working to improve roadway safety through testing new safety technologies and curbing dangerous driving behaviors.

Regional safety summits held earlier this year focused on combating deadly behavioral challenges such as improper seat belt and child seat use, driving under the influence, distracted driving, and speeding.

The agency is also working to increase awareness and usage of crash protection and prevention technology in vehicles. Guidance is being developed pertaining to automated safety technologies that could prevent a large percentage of traffic accidents, and will be released later this season.

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