Once again, for the third year in a row, traffic fatalities reached an estimated 40,000. Those statistics are for 2018, according to the latest report from the National Safety Council (NSC).
That’s only roughly one percent lower than the road deaths from 2017, down only 231. But from 2014, it’s actually a 14 percent increase, the NSC reports.
While it’s been proven through research that car safety technology, like automatic emergency braking and collision warning systems, are quite effective in preventing car accidents, the fact is that only a small percentage of cars on the road have them.
“There is definitely evidence that these systems are preventing crashes,” Ken Kolosh, the NSC’s Director of Statistics, said. He also noted that “they’re probably not at the critical mass yet to see them having an impact on the overall macro level.”
While it’s not possible to uncover every reason or trend behind these accidents, research outside of the NSC shows fatalities with links to drunk driving, speeding, and distracted driving—particularly cell phone use while behind the wheel.
Kolosh also describes additional emerging risks, including drivers who have mixed marijuana with alcohol in states where the drug is legalized, and drivers using in-vehicle “infotainment” systems.
If you divide 40,000 by 52, the number of weeks in the year, it shows that almost 770 people die in car crashes across the nation each week. How important is that text? How much do you love your children, or other people in the vehicle with you? Let’s put down the phone (remember, hands-free is better!) and get rid of the other distractions so we can drive safely and contribute to the overall safety of the other people on the road.
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