Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years; Sharpest Two-Year Climb in 53 Years
National Safety Council offers insight into what drivers are doing and calls for immediate implementation of proven, life-saving measures
ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Councilestimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964 – 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injuredi in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion.