In the first nine months of 2015, there were more than 26,000 traffic-related fatalities across the U.S.
This number indicates a 9.3 percent increase in fatalities, as compared to the same time period in 2014.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, human error is to blame for the overwhelming majority of all fatal automobile accidents.
Therefore, the department has initiated a nationwide examination of driving behaviors, with the hopes of uncovering which behaviors are most likely contributing to the rising number of traffic deaths.
The recent increase in traffic deaths is a major setback for the Department of Transportation, as its strong efforts have previously resulted in yearly declines in traffic fatalities.
From 2000 to 2014, traffic deaths fell 22 percent. However, in 2015, accident fatalities increased, with 94 percent of the crashes being caused by human error.
Improving Roadway Safety
With the announcement of these unfavorable statistics comes the Department of Transportation’s first regional summit, which is a series of conferences held at various locations throughout the country.
The summits are meant to generate collaborative efforts and engage partners in the battle against dangerous human behaviors that contribute to traffic fatalities.
Many topics will be addressed at the summits, including impaired driving, distracted driving, failure to use vehicle safety features, and speeding.
The summits also aim to develop initiatives that are designed to protect vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists.
Fatal traffic accidents caused by negligent errors impact thousands of families across the country each year.
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