Fatalities caused by drivers in traffic collisions, crashes, and other incidents have risen to a rate not seen in fifty years. Estimates from the National Safety Council reveal deadly crashes rose by nearly eight percent in 2015, claiming the lives of roughly 38,000 people. However, many groups, which include federal officials and state and local leaders, do not want these incidents referred to as "accidents" anymore. These groups feel the word trivializes the most common cause of traffic collisions: human error.
According to a report last spring from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), Houston is the most dangerous city in the United States when it comes to drivers running red lights. The report states that 181 people are dead because someone did not stop at a red light in Houston between 2004 and 2013. The other nine cities that ranked poorly were Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Tucson and Denver.