The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced some good news. The number of traffic fatalities for 2014 were at record lows, but will the trend continue in 2015?
Statistics for 2014 Traffic Fatalities
- A total of 32,675 traffic accident fatalities occurred; a drop of 0.1 percent from 2013 totals.
- In 2014, 21,022 vehicle occupants were killed; the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1975.
- The fatality rate of 1.07 fatalities per 100 million automobile miles traveled was another record low.
- Despite the overall decline in traffic fatalities, pedestrian traffic deaths rose 3.1 percent over 2013 numbers.
Contributing Factors in Fatal Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that regardless of a decline in traffic deaths for the year, contributing factors remain fairly consistent year after year.
- Drunk driving causes approximately one-third of yearly traffic deaths.
- Half of vehicle occupants who were killed did not have a seatbelt on.
- In states without firm helmet laws, more motorcyclists were killed.
- Ten percent of traffic accident fatalities were the result of distracted driving.
- Drowsy driving was the cause behind 2.6 percent of all traffic fatalities.
2015 Traffic Fatality Projections
Regrettably, traffic fatalities are expected to increase in 2015. Estimates for the first half of the year project an 8.1 percent increase over the first half of 2014. Though totals will not be available until 2016, the NHTSA is ramping up their efforts to improve behavioral safety programs aimed to curb traffic deaths.
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