37,461 Traffic Fatalities
The new numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2016 shows and increase of road deaths by over 5% over previous deaths from 2015. Using traffic fatality data from vehicle accidents within the United States of America the NHTSA found 37,461 people died on USA roads. They account that reckless driving, speeding, alcohol (DUI, DWI), and not wearing seat belts played a factor in the increase.
Here is the breakdown roadway deaths in the United States 2016:
- Distraction driving – 3,450 fatalities
- Drowsy driving – 803 fatalities
- Drunk driving – 10,497 fatalities
- Speeding – 10,111 fatalities
- Unbelted – 10,428 fatalities
- Motorcyclist – 5,286 fatalities
- Pedestrian – 5,987 fatalities
- Bicyclists – 840 fatalities
If every driver wore a safety / seat belt these fatality numbers would go down. It is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from bad and distracted drivers.