Traffic fatalities are up 14% so far in 2015, according to new data from the National Safety Council.
There were more than 18,600 motor-vehicle deaths from January through June this year, compared to 16,400 deaths in the first six months of 2014.
This year is now on pace to be the deadliest for drivers since 2007. The estimated cost of the deaths, injuries and property damage related to the crashes is $152 billion--that's up 24% from the same period of 2014.
The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage.
Why are there more accidents?
Could be several reasons:
1. Gas is cheaper this year than in years past. People are driving more;
2. More people seem to be working, i.e., more cars on the road. It seems we have sure had a rash of fatal injury accidents in Arizona lately---at all areas of the state.
Cell phone use is up; texting and driving is up; more cars on the road means more interaction between vehicles.
Also, a lot of serious and fatal injuries lately due to non-seat belt use.
Very correctable, but the results, very fatal. Please drive safe. Drive smart.
SUGGESTION? Everyone be a little more careful out there. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get where you’re going, pay attention and buckle up.