NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Show Slight Decrease in 2022 after Big Increases during Pandemic
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSAs) latest projections for traffic fatalities in 2022, we see a slight decrease in traffic fatalities after two years of dramatic increases during the Covid pandemic. Estimates indicate that 31,785 people died in traffic crashes in the first nine months of the year, which is a 0.2% decrease when compared to the 31,850 estimated fatalities during the first nine months of 2021.
New Year’s Traffic Accident Statistics
Road traffic increases on most major holidays as people travel to visit family and friends; New Year’s is no exception. According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) traffic study of six major holidays, New Year’s Eve came in at the fifth deadliest. New Year’s Eve traffic accident statistics also reveal what is probably obvious; drinking and driving play a major role in the traffic accidents that do occur and that more accidents happen in years where New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend.Read More
U.S. Traffic Fatalities Rose in First Half of 2016
According to the National safety council (NSC) in their August report; traffic fatalities rose 9 percent in the first six months of 2016 compared to the first six months of 2015. Even more shocking is the 18 percent rise in traffic fatalities over the comparable 2014 statistics. The eight percent jump between 2014 and 2015 marked the biggest single jump in traffic fatalities year over year in 50 years. A stronger economy means lower unemployment; that combined with falling gas prices (average gas prices for the first six months of 2016 were 16 percent lower than 2015 prices) encouraged Americans to take more road trips in 2016 (3.3 percent increase). This reflects a trend that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel increased.Read More