In October 2017, US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Administration released in the statistics involving car related fatalities in the United States for the 2016 calendar year. The results revealed a staggering 5.6% increase in the number of traffic fatalities since 2015, bringing the number to just over 37,000 deaths. The 2016 report revealed an increase in the number of alcohol-related deaths, as well as an increase in the number of speed related traffic fatalities.
Less Distracted Driving?
The good news is that it seems efforts to reduce distracted driving were at least mildly successful in that the number of traffic fatalities attributed to distracted driving decreased in 2016. In addition, the number of fatalities attributed to drivers who fell asleep at the wheel also decreased.
Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, the latest numbers show that the trend is not heading in the direction it needs to be. Even though all accidents are not preventable, we can all take simple steps to reduce the risk to ourselves and everyone else who shares the road.
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