The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016. That’s an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015. Because the number of miles driven increased as well, the overall increase in deaths per 100 million miles traveled is 2.6 percent.
NHTSA reported that distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while deaths related to other reckless behavior, like speeding, alcohol impairment, and not wearing seatbelts, continued to climb. Motorcyclists and pedestrian deaths accounted for more than a third of the increase.
Other findings from the 2016 national data:
NHTSA continues to work closely with state and local partners, law enforcement agencies, and members of its Road to Zero Coalition to address the human choices that are linked to 94 percent of serious crashes. As well, NHTSA actively promotes vehicle technologies that may potentially reduce crashes and save lives.
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