2014 Traffic Fatalities Drop While 2015 Figures Rise
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Dec 09, 2015 in Car Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, the number of vehicle occupant deaths dropped to its lowest point since 1975. Yet, the estimated increase in traffic fatalities for the first six months of 2015 rose by 8.1 percent, pointing to growing safety dangers.
The dramatic rise in 2015 traffic deaths could be due to the fact that Americans are driving more. A better economy and cheaper gas prices may fuel more time on the road as well as an increase in leisurely driving. However, the death toll is rising at a rate of two times the number of miles driven, and safety officials are concerned.
If this estimated figure remains by the close of 2015, it would equate to the highest percentage of traffic fatalities in a single, annual increase since 1946.
These figures represent a need for enhanced highway safety that includes local, state and federal government, safety advocates, law enforcement, and vehicle manufacturers working together to advocate for safer roads.
The NHTSA's latest data reflects a 0.1 percent decrease in 2014 traffic fatalities from 2013, with a total of 32,675 people killed. However, pedestrians and cyclists make up an important part of that total. The percentage of pedestrian traffic fatalities rose 3.1 percent in 2014, accounting for 14.9 percent of total traffic fatalities.
Smart phones may be a leading cause for the rise of pedestrian deaths. They are not only distracting drivers, but pedestrians as well.
A Renewed Focus on Safety
According to the NHTSA, a possible rise in automotive traffic fatalities in 2015 and a nearly flat number of 2014 traffic fatalities is unacceptable. The United States needs to focus on reducing an epidemic of highway fatalities.
If you have been injured in an auto accident because of a negligent driver, contact the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan today. We will help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.