The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a slight decline in traffic fatalities in 2014. However, despite that decline, early predictions indicate an increase in traffic fatalities for 2015. Over the first half of this year, traffic deaths are projected to climb 8.1 percent.
2014 Traffic Fatality Numbers
Data from the NHTSA's Fatal Analysis Reporting System shows that 32,675 people died in traffic accidents in 2014. Of that number, 21,022 people died in vehicles, making it the safest year since the agency first started keeping records in 1975.
Although the number of cyclists who died in traffic accidents declined, the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 3.1 percent over the previous year.
Reasons behind the Increase in Deaths
Low gas prices paired with an improved economy are leading Americans to drive more miles, contributing to the rise in traffic fatalities this year. Human errors and behaviors are behind about 94 percent of all traffic deaths. These issues include:
- Drunk driving
- Distraction, including cell phone use by drivers and pedestrians
- Not wearing seatbelts
- Drowsy driving
A Call to Action
To combat the projected increase in traffic deaths, the NHTSA is calling for increased involvement and safety efforts from government entities, law enforcement, auto manufacturers and others. The NHSTA plans to hold collaborative meetings to discuss ideas and approaches to combat the safety and behavioral issues that are causing roadway deaths.
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