It isn't new that thousands of people die in the US each year in vehicle accidents, however 2015 was especially bad with 35,092 people killed. This is a 7.2% increase from the previous year, the largest increase in almost 50 years.
If anything, cars today have more safety features than ever before, so what is the cause of the increase in traffic deaths?
The NHTSA have stated that the increase is because our economy is improving. Growth in jobs and lower fuel prices have enabled more people to own cars and be on the road with vehicle miles in the US increasing 3.5% in 2015 – the largest increase since 1992.
The EIA have anticipated that gas prices will continue to stay low throughout 2016-17, meaning that this could lead to even more cars on the road and subsequently, more traffic related deaths.
The National Safety Council stated that rough data has evidenced that there has been a 9% increase in traffic deaths during the first half of 2016 than there were during the same period in 2015.
While it is true that having more vehicles on the road could be a major factor contributing to more accidents, data has also shown that 1/3 of deadly crashes in 2015 were due to drunk driving while 30% were due to speeding. One half of those who were killed were not wearing a seat-belt.
Green Motion car rental is genuinely concerned about the safety of our vehicle hire customers and as such we would like to remind our customers to never drive without a seat-belt, to stay within the speed limits and, of course, never drive while intoxicated.