2016 Was the Most Dangerous Year on American Roads to Date

According to preliminary data from the National Safety Council, 2016 was the deadliest year on American roads to date.

The previous number was 32,000 – that is, annual deaths caused by traffic crashes [1]. Preliminary data from the NSC is challenging that, suggesting that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 [2]. Compared to the previous year’s numbers, that’s a 6% increase. If these preliminary numbers are confirmed, it will also have been the highest two-year increase in traffic deaths in the past half-century.

  • 2013 – 32,719 traffic deaths
  • 2014 – 32,675 traffic deaths
  • 2015 – 35,092 traffic deaths
  • 2016 (projected) – 40,000 traffic deaths

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from the first half of 2016 seem to corroborate NSC numbers. At the time the NHTSA released their early numbers, 17,775 people had already died in traffic accidents. In comparison to the total traffic deaths from the first half of the year prior, that’s a 10.4% increase.

A survey of U.S. drivers, also conducted by NSC, showed that while driving was a major safety concern for 83% of respondents, it does not stop many of them from high-risk behaviors such as speeding, texting, and intoxication.

In 2015, the most current year for which state data is available, 447 people died in Oregon traffic fatalities [3]. That’s 11.1 deaths per 100,000 population.

Most accidents are preventable. If you or someone you love was involved in a serious collision, take action to make our roads safer. By contacting Paulson Coletti, you’re not only taking a step to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve after a crash, but you’re also taking a step to prevent the same thing from happening to other drivers in the future. Found out how by contacting our firm today.

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[1] https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/motor-vehicle-safety/

[2] http://fortune.com/2017/02/15/traffic-deadliest-year/

[3] http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview