3 Main Reasons More People Are Dying in Car Accidents
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) released reports indicating that this year’s motor vehicle accident fatality rate is on pace to beat last year’s rate. Between January 1 and June 30, 2016, approximately 19,100 people died on U.S. roads – a nine percent increase from the first half of 2015 and a huge 18 percent increase from the first six months of 2014.
Future projections look equally as grim. The NSC predicts that 438 people will die in auto accidents over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
Taking the latest technological innovations into consideration alone, the numbers should be way down, not the reverse. Many vehicles today are built with advanced safety features, such as heads-up display, blind spot monitoring systems, and assistive pre-collision braking. The most cutting-edge models available on the market are practically starting to drive themselves. When it comes to collision protection, people today are safer than they have ever been before.
So, the question stands: why are more people dying in car accidents?
The NSC has provided the following three hypotheses:
- People have more money. The economy’s on the up and up, which means more vehicles are on the road (including large, heavy and dangerous big rigs) and more people are driving more frequently, which brings us to our next point …
- Gas prices have gone down. Average gas prices were 16 percent cheaper during the first six months of 2016 than in 2015. Less money spent on gas means more time spent on the road, and more people on the road usually equates to more accidents.
- Unemployment has gone down. It’s great that more people are in the workforce, but the tradeoff is more commuters clogging traffic and thus more vehicles to collide with.
Don’t be a statistic – follow the rules of the road, never drive drunk or distracted, and always, always wear your seatbelt. This is one record we don’t want to break, so do your part in helping bring the numbers back down.
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