Highway Deaths Up 6 Percent in 2016 Federal Safety Council Predicts
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 3, 2017) – Every year the National Safety Council shares its predictions about traffic safety, but this year the news is alarming as they expect a 6 percent increase in the number of deaths last year in 2016.
“It’s disheartening to see the number of fatal crashes increasing last year,” said Attorney James Johnson. “We can’t change the past, but moving forward it’s important that we as drivers all do our part to ensure the safety of others.”
Despite efforts to educate the public about traffic safety, human choices account for roughly 94 percent of all traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The three main factors that contribute to roadway deaths remain booze, seat belts and speed, but distracted driving and the public’s inability to refrain from using electronics devices behind the wheel are also big factors contributing to fatal collisions.
Police do everything they can to help prevent fatal collisions by providing high visibility enforcement of traffic laws, encouraging and educating the public to be aware of how to make the roads safer and just doing their jobs. If drivers don’t do their part, however, there will continue to be increases in traffic fatalities. Hopefully statistics will show a decrease in 2017.
CALIFORNIA ACCIDENT ATTORNEY