Last year, at least 35,200 Americans were killed in traffic accidents, marking a dramatic 7.7 percent increase in the rate of fatal crashes occurring in the U.S. (when compared to 2014).
These are some of the latest findings reported by officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who have also revealed that, in 2015 (when compared to previous years):
- Nearly every state experienced a significant jump in the rate of deadly motor vehicle accidents, with only one region in the nation (“Region 6” – New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Mississippi) seeing a decrease in these crashes. And that decrease was ever-so-slight, with fatal auto accidents in Region 6 only dropping by about 1 percent.
- Far more pedestrians and motorcyclists across the nation have been the victims of deadly traffic crashes.
- While fatal auto accidents increased by about 4 percent, deadly truck accidents increased by about 5 percent.
- 2015 is the first time since 2008 that the U.S. has experienced such a dramatic spike in the rate of deadly crashes.
Commenting on these findings, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated:
Every American should be able to drive, ride or walk to their destination safely, every time… We are analyzing the data to determine what factors contributed to the increase in fatalities and at the same time, we are aggressively testing new safety technologies, new ways to improve driver behavior, and new ways to analyze the data we have, as we work with the entire road safety community to take this challenge head-on.
Concisely supporting Secretary Foxx and elucidating the major concerns these findings have generated, authorities at the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) have noted that:
Each death on U.S. roadways is unacceptable, and, after many years of progress, this increase [in the rate of fatal auto accidents in the U.S.] is troubling.
Curbing Fatal Traffic Accidents & Saving Lives: Authorities’ Focus for the Future
Committed to reversing the deadly trend in traffic crashes, transportation safety officials are now getting ready to “issue a call to action to safety partners, state and local elected officials, technologists, data scientists and policy experts” to motivate them to create better “solutions to improve safety and reduce deaths caused by motor vehicles.”
Some of the preliminary plans to meet this goal include (but are by no means limited to):
- Propelling the development of technologies (like automatic safety features and anti-impaired driving technologies) that can prevent crashes and/or their deadly impacts
- Doubling down on efforts to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving, distracted driving and reckless driving
- Enhancing traffic law enforcement efforts so that negligent motorists can be taken off the road and/or penalized before they cause serious crashes.
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