Why Were Traffic Deaths Up in 2015?
Now that the New Year is in full swing, it is a good opportunity to look back at the previous year to see what we can learn about our society and how to stay safer.
One thing that stands out is the sharp increase in traffic fatalities. According to a recent CNN report, fatal car accidents rose by 14 percent in the first half of 2015. Between January and June of last year, there were more than 18,000 traffic deaths, compared to just 16,000 during the same time period in 2014.
Reasons for More Traffic Fatalities
Why is this disturbing trend occurring? Vehicle technology has made impressive strides over the last decade, with cars becoming more reliable and safer than ever before. If anything, most people would expect car accident deaths to be declining, not going up.
The National Safety Council points to several possible explanations for the trend.
One, gas is more affordable. When fuel prices drop, people naturally tend to travel more – and for longer distances at a time. If the price of gas is cheaper than a plane ticket, many people will choose to drive rather than fly.
Also, the job market has recovered since the 2008 recession. This means there are more people driving to work, which means a higher number of cars on the road – especially during peak driving times in the morning and evening hours.
Finally, driver distractions have increased. Despite nationwide efforts to cut down on distracted driving, people continue to use their cell phones and other devices while driving. According to distraction.gov, more than half a million motorists are using a mobile device at any given moment during the day on U.S. roads
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