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Why Did Traffic Fatalities Go Up In 2015?

drivng-with-phone1.jpgThe year 2014 was a good year for driving. The number of fatal traffic accidents fell to 32,675-a historic low for the modern-era of the automobile. But 2015 wasn't as good a year for those driving around the streets and highways of our great country.

Why Did Traffic Fatalities Go Up In 2015?

The number of U.S. traffic deaths in this country went up 7.7 percent last year. The total number of people who died in 2015 car crashes was an estimated 35,200 people. That's the highest fatality count since 2008, and the worst part is nobody really knows why.

Gas prices dropped incredibly low during 2015. Analyst say that this caused more people to hit the road and increased traffic everywhere. However, that in and of itself isn't the only reason traffic fatalities went up. Some experts believe that many drivers were also using mobile devices when they should have been watching the road. This distracted driving combined with the increased number of cars on the road are the main suspects in traffic fatality increases. But there is still a lot of research to be done to confirm these suspicions.

Can We Stop The Increase Of Traffic Fatalities?

People in the auto industry are pointing to new driving technologies to help bring these numbers back under control. They point to collision detection devices, automatic brakes, and autonomous vehicles as the solution. But recent events have proven that we have a long way to go before these technologies are ready to save lives. Until then we must rely on more conventional means to stay safe while driving.

When you drive, silence your cellphone, don't answer texts, and don't play Pokémon Go! Be mindful of other drivers on the road, and avoid people driving erratically. There are even more options for people who want to make auto crashes a rarity on our streets. So keep reading our blogs to find out all you can about automobile safety, and preventing future fatalities.

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