Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases a report concerning car accident statistics and fatalities on roads throughout the country. In 2016, fatal motor vehicle crashes rose again, just as they did between 2014 and 2015, according to the report.
As the report explains, in the last decade we have been seeing a generally downward trend in motor vehicle crash fatality rates. Yet in 2016, the NHTSA reported a total of 37,461 fatalities as a result of traffic collisions on U.S. roadways, which was a 5.6 percent increase from 2015, in which 35,485 fatalities were reported.
Why are traffic collisions now on the rise in DuPage County and throughout the country? And what can we do to reduce motor vehicle crash fatalities?
Getting the Facts About Fatal Car Crashes in 2016
The NHTSA report cites the following facts and figures about fatal car crashes in 2016:
As the report emphasizes, many traffic safety experts believed that safety programs ranging from improved auto technologies, to seat belt awareness campaigns, to DUI stops, had helped to reduce the overall rate of traffic fatalities in the country. Indeed, many of those safety advocates believed we would continue to see a decline in traffic fatalities. Yet the striking increases in deadly accidents over the last two years suggests that we may have a new problem (or set of problems) to address.
Preventing Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2017
What can we do to help prevent the number of severe and deadly car accidents before the end of the year? In short, drivers need to make better choices. For instance, anyone in DuPage County who is thinking about driving under the influence of alcohol could save lives by taking an Uber or a taxi. According to the report, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities rose in Illinois by 8.4 percent from 2015-2016, with over 1,000 deadly DUI-related crashes last year.
Distracted driving, too, is a problem that continues to result in more crashes in Chicagoland and throughout the country. The NHTSA report also cites speeding as a major cause of collisions last year. If drivers in DuPage County drove without distractions and abided by speed limits, we could see a rapid decrease in deadly crashes.
Contact a DuPage County Car Crash Lawyer
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