Traffic Fatalities Down in 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the reduction in traffic fatalities in 2014. In 2014, 32,675 people were killed in traffic crashes across the nation, which was a 0.1-percent decrease from the previous year. Unfortunately, early estimates of 2015 traffic fatality rates show a substantial increase of 8.1 percent. To address the apparent rise in traffic crash fatalities this year, the NHTSA is planning to reinvigorate the fight against deadly and unsafe behaviors on American roadways.
2014 Crash Data
- Drunk driving crashes continue to represent about one-third of all traffic fatalities.
- Nearly 49 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
- Pedestrian deaths rose by 3.1 percent.
- Cyclist deaths declined by 2.3 percent.
- Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities.
- Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities.
- 1,565 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes.
Nationwide Planning to Strengthen Safety
In response to the rise in fatal traffic crashes, the NHTSA is launching a series of safety initiatives to cover topics from speeding to distracted driving. They’re also coordinating nationwide planning sessions to strengthen behavioral safety efforts. In addition to raising public attention on such topics as drunk and drugged driving, aggressive driving and child safety seats, the NHTSA will also be partnering with other agencies to improve enforcement of driving safety laws. The NHTSA will also continue to work on advancements in vehicle technology to make driving safer for all roadway users.
When to Call an Accident Attorney
Most car accidents are totally preventable, and it’s important to speak with a personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured in a wreck. Whether you suspect a distracted was to blame or you were injured in a right-of-way crash, a personal injury attorney can be your advocate as you recover from your injuries.