NHTSA Statistics Regarding 2014 & 2015 Traffic Deaths

On November 24, 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a news release titled “Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.”  The release discusses both 2014 traffic death statistics as well as discusses trends for the first half of 2015.

A couple of excerpts:

The nation saw a slight decline in traffic deaths during 2014. However, an increase in estimated fatalities during the first six months of this year reveals a need to reinvigorate the fight against deadly behavior on America’s roads, the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today.

The news release also mentions the apparent safety benefits of motorcycle helmet use.  On this site, this issue has been discussed on two pages, “Illinois Motorcycle Safety And Helmet Use” as well as the page titled “Motorcycle Helmets – Notable Aspects” and also mentioned in various individual posts.

An excerpt from the NHTSA press release concerning motorcycle helmets and other traffic safety statistics:

Additional 2014 crash data show:

  • Drunk driving crashes continue to represent roughly one-third of fatalities, resulting in 9,967 deaths in 2014.

  • Nearly half (49%) of passenger vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

  • The number of motorcyclists killed was far higher in states without strong helmet laws, resulting in 1,565 lives lost in 2014.

  • Cyclist deaths declined by 2.3 percent, but pedestrian deaths rose by 3.1 percent from the previous year. In 2014, there were 726 cyclists and 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes.

  • Distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people in 2014.

  • Drowsy driving accounted for 2.6 percent of all crash fatalities; at least 846 people died in these crashes in 2014.

Additional details can be found in the NHTSA press release mentioned above, as well as the November 25 Chicago Tribune article titled “US Traffic deaths rise 8 percent in first half of 2015.”


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