The most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that there were 6,296,000 police-reported traffic crashes in the United States. This translates into approximately 17,250 car crashes each day nationwide. Thousands of drivers and passengers are killed each year in America in traffic-related accidents. Damages from motor vehicle crashes include physical injuries, property damage, emotional damages, and financial losses.
The data from the NHTSA shows that 34,439 crashes involving fatalities occurred nationwide in 2016. That averages to about 95 fatal vehicle accidents each day. However, more people are killed in these accidents than the number of collisions because some crashes involve more than one death.
The number of traffic deaths in 2016 totaled 37,461, which was an increase from the 35,485 motor vehicle deaths in 2015. Therefore, the number of traffic deaths averaged 103 per day during 2016. Death rates have been increasing for the past few years, according to data from the government.
The fatality rate for pedestrians and bicyclists rose in 2016 as well. On average, 17 deaths occur each day involving pedestrians. Two to three pedalcyclists die in car accidents each day in our country. The number of traffic-related deaths involving drivers who were impaired by alcohol totaled 26 people per day.
As the number of car accidents occurring in the United States continues to increase, it can be expected that the number of people who die in car crashes will also continue to increase.
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