The US Department of Transportation‘s National Highway Travel and Safety Administration released the fatality crash data for the calendar year 2016. In 2016, auto accident fatalities increased 5.6% to 37,461 over 2015.
The national data (compiled from all 50 states and the District of Columbia) shows the following:
- Distraction-related deaths (3,450 fatalities) decreased by 2.2 percent;
- Drunk-driving deaths (10,497 fatalities) increased by 1.7 percent;
- Drowsy-driving deaths (803 fatalities) decreased by 3.5 percent;
- Unbelted deaths (10,428 fatalities) increased by 4.6 percent;
- Speeding-related deaths (10,111 fatalities) increased by 4.0 percent;
- Pedestrian deaths (5,987 fatalities – the highest number since 1990) increased by 9.0 percent; and
- Motorcyclist deaths (5,286 fatalities – the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities since 2008) increased by 5.1 percent;
- Bicyclist deaths (840 fatalities – the highest number since 1991) increased by 1.3 percent.
If you or your loved one was injured in a New Haven auto accident, contact our office. We will help protect the long-term interests of your family.