Traffic Deaths Up Sharply in First Six Months of 2015

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 21, 2015 in Auto Accidents

first responders at the accident sceneAccording to the National Safety Council, traffic deaths rose fourteen percent across the nation in the first six months of this year. Injuries increased by a third.

Deborah A.P. Hersman, council president, said lower gas prices and a better economy may have contributed to Americans spending more time on the road. However, it does not completely explain the rise in injuries and fatalities.

Around 19,000 people were killed in traffic accidents through June. This figure does not include data from July and August, historically high months for fatalities. Hersman states that the increases started in the last quarter of 2014.

More states are raising speed limits and drivers are distracted by texting and cell phones. The National Safety Council estimated in a spring report that a quarter of all crashes involve the use of a cellphone.

Executive director of Governors Highway Safety Association, Jonathan Adkins, noted that states have noticed this distraction trend as well in addition to the increase in fatal, injury-only and property damage-only crashes.

According to Adkins, although the trend is certainly troubling, after historic declines in deaths in recent years, it is not entirely unexpected that the numbers have begun to rise again.

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