31 Aug Deadly Traffic Collisions Spiked in First Half of 2015, NSC Reports
Since 2007, the rate of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. has been steadily declining. This year, however, may ruin that record, as the first six months of 2015 have been marked with a 14 percent spike in deadly traffic collisions when compared to the numbers from last year.
This finding, which has come from analysts at the National Safety Council (NSC), may not be the only shocking news to come out of the NSC’s research, however. This is because officials have also reported finding that, from January to June of 2015:
- Car accident injury counts have surged by about 30 percent.
- The costs of deadly and non-fatal traffic accidents as of the end of June 2015 is about 24 percent higher than these costs were in 2014. Specifically, the total cost of traffic accidents for the first six months of 2015 has been about $152 billion.
How to Avoid Becoming a Traffic Accident Statistic: Your Driving Habits Are Key, the NSC Says
Although researchers have tried to explain this surge in traffic accident deaths, injuries and costs in a few different ways (pointing to lowered unemployment rates and low fuel prices, just to point out a few explanations), they have definitively noted that what motorists do behind the wheel can make all of the difference in whether they stay safe – or they end up becoming a traffic accident statistic.
In particular, NSC President Deborah A.P. Hersman has stated, “be a defense driver and make safe decisions behind the wheel. Your life really depends on it.”
To this end, here are some important tips to keep in mind if you are serious about staying safe when you drive or travel on the roads:
- Never drive if you are tired, you can’t stay focused and/or you are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Always wear your seatbelt and strongly encourage your passengers to do the same.
- Always comply with traffic laws, and don’t expect that other drivers will do the same.
- If you have a teen driver, be connected with their driving habits, and try to instill defensive driving skills in them.
- Look out for others on the road, and report motorists who may appear to be impaired or reckless to the authorities if you see them as you drive.
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