According to the Traffic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities increased by 9.3 percent in the first nine months of 2015. More than 26,000 traffic deaths occurred during this time, compared with only 23,796 traffic deaths in the first nine months of 2014.
These statistics have caused alarm and concern, especially since traffic deaths have been declining gradually since 2000. In fact, from 2000 to 2014, traffic fatalities declined by more than 22 percent.
The NHTSA attributes the increase in traffic fatalities in 2015 to more behavioral errors. Research shows that 94 percent of crashes are the result of human error. These human errors include behaviors such as:
- Distracted driving (including texting)
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Unrestrained passengers and drivers
Currently, the NHTSA has been holding a series of cross-cutting regional summits to combat and examine unsafe roadway behaviors and human choices that result in increased traffic fatalities.