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Motor Vehicle Fatalities Up Nine Percent

The upward trend in fatal motor vehicle accidents that began in 2014 is continuing. The National Safety Council reports that motor vehicle deaths were nine percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six-month mark...
August 31, 2016

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The upward trend in fatal motor vehicle accidents that began in 2014 is continuing. The National Safety Council reports that motor vehicle deaths were nine percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six-month mark. An estimated 19,100 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January – enough to fill 382 school buses – and 2.2 million were seriously injured. The total estimated cost of these deaths and injuries is $205 billion.

The continued rise in fatalities is prompting the Council to issue its highest fatality estimate for the Labor Day holiday period since 2008. It estimates 438 people will be killed during the three-day holiday weekend. The upward trend began in late 2014 and shows no signs of decreasing. Last winter, the National Safety Council issued its largest year-over-year percentage increase in 50 years.

“Our complacency is killing us,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “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.”

States that have been particularly hard hit since 2014, the start of the upward trend, are Florida (43 percent), Georgia (34 percent), Indiana (33 percent), California (31 percent increase), North Carolina (26 percent), Illinois (24 percent) and Kentucky (24 percent).

 

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