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NHTSA Reports An Increase In Fatal Traffic Accidents

NHTSA Reports An Increase In Fatal Traffic Accidents

This month, preliminary data has been released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showing a 7.7 percent increase in 2015 of motor vehicle traffic deaths. The NHTSA reports an estimated 35,200 people died as a result of a traffic accident in 2015. This figure is up from the reported fatalities in 2014 which estimated 32,675 traffic death. The NHTSA preliminary data reveals the increased traffic deaths in 2015 are in 9 out of 10 regions within the United States. The report also notes that the increased traffic accidents included elevated pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. The report sheds light on the disturbing numbers of fatalities on U.S. roadways.

The NHTSA Administrator further explains the report by showing ninety-four percent of fatal accidents are a direct result human error or choice with close to one-third of traffic deaths directly related to drunk driving. The administrator says the department will focus efforts on improving human behavior while promoting protective and preventive vehicle technology. The DOT and NHTSA will ask many elective officials, agencies and organizations across the country to partner with creating innovative solutions to improve safety and reduce motor vehicle deaths.

With fatal auto accidents on the rise, the Missouri motor vehicle accident attorneys at Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, are dedicated to pursuing justice for innocent victims injured in traffic accidents. Immediately after a car accident, contact the law firm of Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, for a free consultation and learn more about your legal options and rights.


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