NHTSA: US traffic deaths in 2015 increased 7.2% to 35,092 from 2014
According to the latest statistics released by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday, traffic deaths in the country recorded a disquieting 7.2 percent increase in 2015 as compared to 2014.
Going by the NHTSA’s annual summarization of traffic fatalities in the US, the year 2015 recorded 2,348 more traffic deaths as against the 2014 figures related to fatalities resulting from road accidents in the country.
The 7.2 percent increase in US traffic deaths in 2015 vis-à-vis 2014 translated into a total of 35,092 traffic deaths in the country last year; and marks the biggest increase in traffic fatalities in the last five decades.
In addition, the new figures released by the NHTSA have also revealed that the numbers of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in the country in 2015 were also much greater than at any other time in the last twenty years. Moreover, motorcycle fatalities also touched the highest number since 2012.
With the report highlighting the fact that US traffic deaths have increased by the largest percentage in 50 years, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation’s roads every year.”
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