New Report Indicates Fatal Car Accidents Up Almost 8%
Written by Greg on July 1, 2016
Preliminary report issued by the NHTSA today concludes that fatal motor vehicle accidents have increased by 7.7% in 2015.
Over 35,00 Deaths in 2015
Over 35,000 people perished in motor vehicle crashes last year which is up from over 32,000 for the year 2014, the report concludes.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx indicated that the DOT is evaluating the data to try to determine what led to the increase in fatalities and also to identify new helpful safety technologies.
94% of Fatal Car Accidents are Human Error
One of the leading causes for the increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents relates to the increase in deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists. An administrator for NHTSA further elaborated showing that 94% of all fatal accidents are related to human error.
NHTSA Concentrating on Education
Accordingly, the agency is focused on items such as drunk driving, distracted driving, drivers driving while sleepy and proper use of safety features to help educate the public to become safer motorists.
The department also noted that July 4 is historically one of the most dangerous weekends on the roadways of the year. Drivers are cautioned to use extra care while traveling during this holiday weekend.
4th of July Weekend Will Result in Many DWIs
Many local municipalities including Houston, routinely beef up drunk driving initiatives given the propensity for drinking and driving over the Fourth of July weekend.
To read the press release click here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-2015-traffic-deaths-up-07012016