Missouri Traffic Deaths on the Rise
New traffic laws, safer cars, road improvements, public safety campaigns, and automated crash-preventing technology have resulted in years of decreasing traffic accident deaths. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that deaths resulting from traffic accidents decreased by 25 percent between 2004 and 2013.
However, a recent release from the Department of Transportation shows a 7.7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015. Early estimates shows 9 out of 10 regions within the United States, including Missouri had increased traffic deaths in 2015, and an estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
The national trend is mirrored in Missouri with the Missouri State Highway Patrol reporting a significant increase in car accident deaths in 2014 and 2015. In St. Louis County, most of these accidents are automobile accidents, however bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians are also included in the statistics.
“As the economy has improved and gas prices have fallen, more Americans are driving more miles,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. He further explains that ninety-four percent of crashes can be tied back to a human choice or error, such as texting, drinking and driving, or not wearing a seat belt.
Fox2now.com reports that sixteen percent of all U.S. automotive fatalities are caused by distracted drivers.
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