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Road Deaths Climb in 2016

January 19, 2017

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About 27,875 people in the U.S. died in vehicle crashes during the first nine months of 2016, up about 8% compared to the same period in 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The third quarter of 2016 represented the eighth straight quarter with increases in crash fatalities, as compared to the corresponding quarters in the previous years. NHTSA published a summary of the latest statistical projections in a report from the agency’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis. Statistical estimates will be further refined as more data becomes available, and an update is scheduled for late fall. Estimates for the fourth quarter of 2016 are due in late March.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is continuing to gather and finalize data on crash fatalities for 2015 and 2016 using information from police crash reports and other sources,” the agency noted in the report. “It is too soon to attribute contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways.”

All 10 NHTSA-designated regions of the country saw increases in road fatalities from January through September of 2016, as compared to totals during the same months in 2015. The New England region that includes Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island saw the biggest jump — 20%. The southern region that includes Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida experienced a 15% increase.

The region that saw the smallest increase in road fatalities — 1% — encompasses Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and North Dakota.

To view the report, click here.

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  1. 1. Stephen [ January 19, 2017 @ 01:14PM ]

    A lot of what is happening is the after effects of the end of 2008 to 2014 recession.

    One can see how recession affect deaths like what happen after the recession of 2008 started.
    2006 US Death rate per mile 1.42 Total Deaths 42,708 Miles Driven 3.014 Trillion (3,014 VMT Billion)
    2007 US Death rate per mile 1.36 Total Deaths 41,259 Miles Driven 3.031 Trillion
    Recession Begins
    2008 US Death rate per mile 1.26 Total deaths 37,423. Miles Driven 2.977 Trillion (2,977 VMT Billion)
    Full year of recession
    2009 US Death rate per mile 1.15 Total deaths 33,883. Miles Driven 2.957 Trillion
    2010 US Death rate per mile 1.11 Total deaths 32,999. Miles Driven 2.967 Trillion
    2011 US Death rate per mile 1.10 Total deaths 32,479. Miles Driven 2.950 Trillion
    2012 US Death rate per mile 1.14 Total deaths 33,782. Miles Driven 2.969 Trillion
    2013 US Death rate per mile 1.10 Total deaths 32,894. Miles Driven 2,988 Trillion
    Starting to leave Recession
    2014 US Death rate per mile 1.08 Total deaths 32,675. Miles Driven 3.026 Trillion (3,026 VMT Billion)

    In 2007 there were 41,259.

    by 2009 (the first full year of the recession.) 33,883.

    That was a drop of over 7000 in under 2 years. That is what happen when a recession affects traveling.

    It is really important to be careful about comparing 2015 and 2016 (record travel years) to the recession years of 2008 thru 2014.


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