November 14, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released fatal collision statistics for the year 2016. The data shows that the disturbing trend of increasing traffic fatalities is continuing in the United States after years of almost steady decline.
There were 37,461 people killed on U.S. roadways in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015. The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles travelled rose by 2.6%. Once again, increased fatalities occurred in almost every segment of the population, including occupants in passenger vehicles and large trucks, motorcycles riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.
While deaths related to distracted driving and drowsy driving decreased by 2.2% and 3.5% respectively, fatal collisions related to alcohol impairment, speed, and lack of restraint use increased.
Updated injury statistics are not yet available. Data from 2015 showed a 4.5% increase in collision injuries.
Canada has not released any new collision statistics since we last reported on this topic in July of this year. The most recent numbers from 2015 did not show the same marked upsurge in deaths and injuries as our southern neighbours. Here in Alberta, the most recent data showed dramatic decreases in traffic fatalities and injuries from 2014 to 2015 (10.6% and 4.5% respectively).
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