A booming economy may be behind the increasing number of traffic deaths.
The US government heavily relies on its laws and safety outreach programs to make sure traffic deaths are not a big issue. However the Federal government recently released data which showed they may not be working really well after all.
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It seems traffic deaths have risen by the largest slides in the past 50 years. Data shows traffic deaths have risen by 7.2% which is equal to 35,092 deaths by road accidents in 2015, when compared to 2014.
The data was released on Monday by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the first time in 50 years traffic deaths have seen a single-year increase of this size since 1966, when the numbers of fatalities rose by 8.1%.
The data shows no groups of population in the US are safe from traffic deaths. Almost everyone including pedestrians, motorcyclists, passenger, cars and bicyclists all account for these deaths. Even the number of injuries from 2014 has risen substantially.
In 2015 the rate of injuries was reportedly increased 2.4% to 2.44 million. Particularly the numbers of police-reported crashes have risen by 3.8% which is equal to 6.3 million.
In a surprising turn of events the data also showed that although the total number of bicyclists involved in traffic accidents has seen an overall drop, the numbers of deaths have risen.
Basically the number of injured bicyclists in traffic accidents lowered by 10% since 2014, leading to only 45,000 bicyclists hurt, but a greater number of them died as bicyclist fatalities increased 12.2% i.e. 818 deaths in 2015. The highest numbers of deaths were perhaps recorded for pedestrians with a 9.5% increase since 1996.
Some analysts believe the reason for the baffling statistics could be a booming economy as job growth rose and fuel prices declined in 2015, so more people bought cars.