Pedestrian fatalities have risen 46 percent since 2009 while overall traffic fatalities are up only 11 percent. Many experts agree that distraction is a factor in pedestrian crashes and that combating both distracted driving and walking would help reduce the number of incidents, injuries, and deaths.
Fleet Management Company Zonar, compiled a list of the most dangerous sections of roads before the holiday season. During the holiday season, there is an average increase of 36% in highway traffic. Some of the highways which already have a high danger rating due to the sheer number of crashes and fatalities by volume, like "US-1" for instance can become dramatically more dangerous during the holidays.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released fatal traffic crash data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA, there were 37,461 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, an increase from 35,485 in 2015. The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, resulting in a 2.6 percent increase in fatalities from 2015. NHTSA found that distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while fatalities related to other reckless behaviors such as speeding, alcohol impairment, and failure to wear a seatbelt increased from the previous year. Fatal traffic crashes increased from 2015 to 2016 in almost all segments of the population including passenger vehicle occupants, occupants of large trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, alcohol-impaired driving, and time of day (daytime/nighttime).
According to the "State of Safety" report by the National Safety Council, Texas is one of 26 states which received either a 'D' or an 'F' for overall safety. According to the report, in 2015 a total of 10,208 deaths occurred in Texas. Of that figure, 3,722 fatalities occurred on the road, 6,020 fatalities occurred in the home and community, and 460 fatalities occurred in the workplace.
Over the past years, various administrations have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns alerting the public of the many dangers of distracted driving. Talking on the phone isn't the only problem anymore, with just about everything having an app counterpart on phones and many having a hands-free option. It has become apparent that the urge to check a phone is almost irresistible, especially to younger drivers, and contributes to a staggering amount of accidents. It should also be noted that about half of all traffic related fatalities involve the lack of a seat belt, and a third involve a party inhibited by drugs or alcohol.
In 2016, there were 3,400 fatal crashes on Texas highways and 175,000 injury accidents.
It is 2017 and the holidays are behind us. The Christmas spirit leaving the air is not a fact that most people would celebrate. However, holidays are hazardous to a person's health. The six holidays with the most motor vehicle fatalities in 2015, as reported by Texas DPS in order from greatest to least, were Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Christmas, and the New Year.
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 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.