An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January 2016, according to a recent report by the National Safety Council. That is enough to fill 382 school buses! In addition to the traffic deaths, 2.2 million were seriously injured in car accidents since the beginning of 2016.
This is not a new trend. Traffic deaths began increasing in late 2014. The National Safety Council estimated traffic fatalities jumped 8% in 2015 compared to 2014. With the Labor Day weekend coming up, the NSC issued its highest fatality estimate for the Labor Day holiday period since 2008. NSC estimates 438 people will be killed during the three-day holiday weekend.
While Vermont has the highest increase in car accident death at Florida has seen the highest percentage of increase in traffic death (82% increase since 2014), Florida’s increase is also very high – a 43% increase in the number of car accident deaths.
The president and CEO of the National Safety Council blames it on complacency. “Our complacency is killing us,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman. “One hundred deaths every day should outrage us. Americans should demand change to prioritize safety actions and protect ourselves from one of the leading causes of preventable death.”
Other factors that likely contributed to the fatality increase include a stronger economy and lower unemployment rates as well as lower gas prices. Personally, I believe that distractions remain a major cause for traffic deaths and car accidents. Also, impatience and lack of experience while turning left in front of traffic also plays a major role in serious and fatal car accidents.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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