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Traffic Fatalities Fall in 2014, Rise in 2015

fatal car accidentIn 2014, more than 32,000 individuals died as a result of car accidents. This number reflects a 0.1 percent drop in car accident fatalities, as compared to 2013.

However, despite the promising decline in 2014 traffic fatalities, numbers are expected to rise in 2015.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) predicts 2015 will end with an 8.1 percent increase in traffic fatalities.

Additionally, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in 2015 is projected to rise more than 10 percent, as smart phones and other devices continue to distract drivers, as well as those on foot.

Below are NHTSA’s recently released statistics for traffic fatalities in 2014:

  • A total of 32,675 traffic deaths occurred
  • 1.07 deaths occurred per 100 million miles traveled by vehicles; a record low.
  • The total number of vehicle occupants killed was 21,022—the lowest number since 1975, when record-keeping began for traffic fatality data.
  • The percentage of pedestrian traffic deaths increased 3.1 percent in 2014, with a total of 4,884 deaths.

What Causes Traffic Deaths?

Human errors and behaviors play a major part in car crash fatalities, contributing to approximately 94 percent of all traffic deaths. Of these deaths, drunk driving is responsible for nearly one-third.

Additional causes include:

  • Not wearing a seatbelt. While 87 percent of drivers and passengers wear seatbelts, approximately half of vehicle occupants who were killed in car crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
  • Speeding. Driving too fast for road or weather conditions contributes to roughly one-third of all traffic deaths.
  • Not wearing a helmet. More motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents in states that do not have helmet laws in place. A total of 1,565 motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2014.
  • Vehicle defects. Improperly maintained or defective vehicles contribute to two percent of all traffic fatalities.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, the car accident attorneys at Schmidt Kramer are available to assist you in your pursuit of justice. Let us fight for the justice and compensation your family deserves.

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