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Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007
Traffic deaths continued sharp increase in 2016: highest number of fatalities since 2007

It's only January, and official stats on traffic fatalities for 2016 aren't expected for at least 10 more months. However, early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggest that auto-related deaths surged during the first nine months of last year. If those stats prove...Read More»

World rankings of most dangerous countries for drivers (via GPS)
Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria

Given America's extensive system of highways and byways, it's easy to forget that many of our roads aren't as safe as they seem. As we've reported many times before, U.S. streets are in a serious state of disrepair--and don't get us started on bridges. America isn't alone in that, though. To prove...Read More»

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Why doesn't Apple end texting and driving?

We're in the midst of a distracted driving crisis, and mobile phones are largely to blame. Motorists young and old can't seem to resist the temptation to check text messages, email, and social media when they're behind the wheel. As the New York Times recently noted, mobile networks and phone...Read More»

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More people are dying in car accidents, but why?

It takes a while to gather data on auto fatalities. Typically, annual stats aren't available until late in the following year. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already has a solid hunch that deaths on U.S. roads increased in 2015, and now, the National Safety Council says...Read More»

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10 states with the harshest DUI penalties: Are laws having the desired effect?

It goes without saying that drunk driving is a very, very bad thing. Though the number of traffic fatalities involving alcohol has fallen over the years, so has the total number of auto-related deaths. As a result, alcohol continues to play a role in 30 - 40 percent of U.S. traffic fatalities. In...Read More»

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U.S. car deaths far higher than other developed nations: How do we cut the fatality rate?

Earlier this week, we received some alarming news: preliminary data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the number of U.S. traffic fatalities rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015. All told, NHTSA believes that some 35,200 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and...Read More»

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Traffic deaths may have soared last year, as did miles driven

The figures aren't yet official, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's early estimates suggest that 35,200 motorists, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians died on U.S. roads in 2015--an increase of 7.7 percent over 2014. That's a remarkable uptick. In fact, the last time the...Read More»

2014 traffic fatality statistics (source: NHTSA)
Auto Fatality Rate Hits Historic Low In 2014, But Early Stats On 2015 Are Sobering

We've got good news and bad news for auto safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released official fatality statistics for 2014 (that's the good part), and the agency has also unveiled preliminary data from 2015 (that's the bad). Let's start with the good news. In...Read More»

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The Safest & Deadliest States For Car Accidents

We've spilled a lot of ink discussing the most congested cities for drivers. But what about the most dangerous states for auto-related deaths? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute asked themselves the same question -- and unlike us...Read More»

Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2015 (NHTSA)
NHTSA Says 2015 Is Shaping Up To Be A Deadly Year For Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued some very early traffic fatality stats for 2015, and we hate to break it to you, but they don't look so good. In fact, they're pretty darned depressing. Official numbers for 2015 won't be available for a while -- likely, the end of 2016...Read More»

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U.S. Road Deaths Are Falling, But Here's Where They're On The Rise

Yes, we’re getting safer, and road deaths are falling (slightly), both in the U.S. and over a broad group of countries that are working together to improve safety. Yet there’s no resting on laurels here. The projected reduction in U.S. road fatalities is less than a tenth of a percent...Read More»

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Alcohol-Sniffing Ignition Interlocks Could Save Nearly $23 Billion & 4,000 Deaths Per Year

For years, elected officials and federal agencies have debated whether automakers should be required to equip new vehicles with alcohol ignition interlocks -- devices that verify a driver's blood alcohol level before she's allowed to start the car. Adding them would surely increase the cost of a...Read More»

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The Most Deadly (And Least Deadly) Cars In America

Every year, it seems like we report that traffic fatalities in America have reached another record low. Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has offered up more good news: your chance of dying behind the wheel of a late-model vehicle fell more than 40 percent in just three years. ALSO...Read More»

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Safe Set: Nine Late-Model Used Vehicles With The Lowest Fatality Rate

The chances of dying in a car crash, if you’re behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years. In just three years, studying a corresponding four-year window of late-model used vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that...Read More»

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Traffic Fatalities Fell In 2013, But There's Still Plenty Of Room For Improvement

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for years, tumbling 25 percent in the last decade alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 2013 continued that trend, with the fatality rate hovering at an all-time low -- though there's still plenty of room for improvement...Read More»

U.S. Motor-Vehicle Deaths, 2011 to 2014 (via National Safety Council)
Early Data Suggests That Traffic Fatalities Have Fallen In 2014

After years of declines, the U.S. saw an uptick in traffic fatalities in 2012. People freaked out. Thankfully, figures suggest that 2012 was an aberration, and that numbers for 2013 will be a bit lower. What about 2014, though? How are we doing this year? According to early data collected by the...Read More»

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The American South & Northern Plains Are Deadly For Drivers. D.C.? Not So Much

Today, U.S. traffic fatality rates hover near historic lows -- in fact, the number of deaths has fallen 23 percent over the past nine years alone. In 2012 (the most recent annual stats available), 33,561 people were killed on U.S. roads, and while that number is still high, it's worth noting that...Read More»

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Study: Automobile Crashes Cost America $871 Billion Per Year

For years, U.S. traffic fatalities have been on the decline, thanks in no small part to car safety features like seatbelts, crumple zones, airbags, and braking assistance. That's great news, but it overshadows the fact that even tiny fender-benders can have massive financial implications. A new...Read More»

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Drunk Drivers Responsible For 20% Of Child Fatalities In Auto Accidents

Our cars have become much safer over the years, and as a result, traffic fatalities have been on the decline, reaching record lows. But you might be surprised to learn that drunk drivers still account for around one-third of all roadway deaths: in 2011, they were linked to 9,878 of the year's...Read More»

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