New data has shown an alarming increase in the number of traffic deaths in the United States. In a recent article published by CNN, the National Safety Council (NSC) has found that there has already been a 14 percent increase in traffic fatalities for 2015. If this trend continues to grow, 2015 will be the deadliest year for motorists since 2007.
According to the data released by the NSC, there were more than 18,600 motor accident deaths from January to June of this year. This was compared to the 16,400 deaths recorded from January to June 2014 – accounting for the 14 percent increase.
Also, the NSC estimates the cost of these traffic fatalities to add up to $152 billion so far for the first half of 2015. This is a dramatic increase of 24 percent since the same period in 2014. These costs can include:
- Lost wages
- Lost productivity
- Employer costs
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Administrative expenses
- Property damage costs
Why Is There an Increase for 2015?
There are a few reasons the NSC suspects there have been an increase in traffic fatalities. The three main contributors include:
- Cheaper gas prices throughout the United States. Currently gas prices are extremely low throughout the United States. In fact, gas prices are down by 30 percent on average since 2014. Because it is so low, more individuals are driving and are out on the roads more – which increases the risk for traffic accidents and fatalities.
- More jobs mean more commuters each day. In the United States there has been a steady stream of jobs being added to the market, and this trend is expected to continue. As more jobs are added, there will be more commuters on the road each day. Just like with cheaper gas prices, the more cars there are on the road, the higher the risk for accident and fatalities.
- Distracted driving is still a common cause for fatal accidents. Unfortunately, distracted driving is still a concern in the United States and still a major contributor to deaths in the U.S. According to the NSC, Americans are “addicted” to their devices and therefore continue to use them despite state bans on texting while driving. Also, the use of hands-free devices still put a driver at risk for distracted driving – which contributes to the increase in accidents across the country.
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