Auto Accident Fatalities Figures Show Little Improvement
The National Safety Council recently released the preliminary estimated statistics of motor vehicle deaths in 2017. Unfortunately, those numbers did not so much if any improvement from last year. In 2016, 40,327 people died in motor vehicle accidents. In 2017, that number dropped by just 1% to 40,100. The number of motor vehicle deaths is expected to stay above 40,000 for the second year in a row, a spot it has not been in since 2007. These deaths created a cost to society of over $400 billion. These costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.
This 2017 number is still 6% higher than the number of deaths in 2015. In terms of serious injury, there were 4.57 million people affected in 2017, again just 1% less than 2017. The NSC President, Deborah A.P. Hersman said, “This is a stark reminder that our complacency is killing us. The only acceptable number is zero; we need to mobilize a full-court press to improve roadway safety.”
To help make the roads we all drive on safer, there are many things we can each do:
- Be a defensive driver, and stay focused on whats around you on the road.
- Do not drive impaired at all. This includes drugs, alcohol, and prescription medications.
- If you are tired, don’t drive. Avoid fatigue.
- Put your phone away, do not drive distracted.
- Keep your car in top shape, check for recalls, and make sure you understand your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them.
If we all do these small things, we can make the roads so much safer. Car accidents and other types of accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths in the nation, and these deaths are completely preventable. Join the NSC and us on the “Road to Zero”.