According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic casualties fell by 1.8% for all of 2017. This came as a welcome relief after the sharp rise in deaths in the past several years. The National Safety Council states that from 2014 to 2015, traffic fatalities rose 7%, which marked the steepest two-year increase in over 50 years. 2016 brought an additional increase of 7%.
These new reduced statistics could be attributed to a variety of factors, one of which is automobile technology. Vehicle manufacturers are making cars safer than ever before by adding more crash avoidance features. These new safety components will help warn motorists of a potential crash, or automatically slow down the vehicle. “We’re very hopeful that will continue to be part of a trend,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King tells us.
The only increase in traffic death categories in 2017 was a 9% rise in deaths involving large trucks, including tractor-trailers. Deaths among truck drivers increased 16%. According to officials, one factor in this increase is a growing U.S. economy – which means more freight is traveling on U.S. roads.
As the economy surges, people begin driving more. This increase in driving activity correlates with an increase in riskier behavior, such as going out on weekends or taking longer trips on unfamiliar roads.
The first half of 2018 has followed suit of the trend set by 2017. Officials are confident this pattern will continue for the duration of the year.
Regardless of these encouraging statistics, The National Safety Council estimated that 40,100 Americans died in traffic crashes last year. These numbers should remind people to slow down, buckle their seat belts, and drive defensively.
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