According to analysis by the National Safety Council (NSC), there were 19,100 traffic deaths in the first six months of the year, a nine percent increase compared to the same time period last year.
The NSC also found that traffic deaths in the first half of 2016 are 18 percent higher than the first six months of 2014, the year when traffic fatalities started to increase. The council estimates that there was an eight percent increase in traffic fatalities from 2014 to 2015, the largest year-over-year increase in 50 years.
The NSC attributes the rise in motor vehicle fatalities to an improved economy that has lowered gas prices and caused Americans to drive more. Americans drove 3.3 percent more miles in the first half of 2016 than the first half of last year.
Deborah Hersman, CEO and president of the National Safety Council, asserts that we should be outraged at the latest statistics that reveal 100 people are dying daily on American roads and we should take action to prioritize safety.
States that have seen the largest increases in traffic fatalities since 2014 include:
- Kentucky (24 percent)
- Illinois (24 percent)
- North Carolina (26 percent)
- California (31 percent)
- Indiana (33 percent)
- Georgia (34 percent)
- Florida (43 percent)
Estimated Traffic Deaths Over Labor Day Weekend
Because of the new data, the NSC anticipates that this Labor Day weekend will have a devastating effect on motorists with 438 estimated deaths. This is the highest Labor Day fatality estimate the NSC has made since 2008.
Drivers can reduce the chance of a dangerous car accident by following these tips from the NSC:
- Do not engage in distracted driving
- Ensure vehicle occupants are wearing seatbelts
- Pay attention to teens’ driving habits
- Do not drive while impaired by substances or fatigued
If you have been injured by a negligent driver, the Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Schmidt Kramer will review your claim for free. Contact them today to schedule your consultation and pursue the maximum compensation and justice you deserve.