According to the National Safety Council, traffic accidents that caused a fatal injury rose 14% and personal injuries increased by a third across the nation in the first six months of this year.
Deborah A.P. Hersman, council president, said cheap gas prices and a healthier economy may have contributed to Americans spending extra time on the highway. However, this does not entirely explain the rise in fatalities and injuries.
Roughly 19,000 people were killed in traffic accidents through the month of June. This figure does not include data from July and August, which are extremely high months for fatalities. Hersman states that these developments began in the last quarter of 2014.
More states are increasing speed limits and many drivers are distracted by cell phones and texting. The National Safety Council determined in a spring report that 25% of all crashes involve the use of a cell phone.
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