Preliminary study data released by the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is showing a significant increase in deaths of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian accidents. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska had the most significant increase in the nation of 20% from 2014 to 2015 in trucking fatality accidents.
Overall, NHTSA found 7.7% increase nationwide in traffic deaths in 2015. Part of these deaths are due to the increase in vehicle miles traveled in 2015 due to cheaper gas prices. However, the preliminary results of the study show ninety-four percent of these accidents can be tied directly back to human choice or error.
The final report will be released later this year.
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