The National Safety Council (NSC) recently released a report outlining the finding of their latest study. From January to June of this year, the total number of motor-vehicle deaths was at 18,630, a 14% increase from the last 6 months of 2014.
The NSC believes there are a number of factors behind these statistics.
Firstly, the NSC says that the increase in fatalities might have something to do with lower gas prices. Gas prices have averaged 30% less than last year, a number that has contributed to more vehicles being on the road. The NSC goes on to say that gas prices and the economy are interconnected, and they aren’t able to determine if an improving economy might have something to do with this increase in motor-vehicle deaths.
Along with an increase in fatalities, the NSC reported a 24% increase in costs related to motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage for the first 6 months of the year, and when medically consulted motor-vehicle injuries were isolated, the NSC found a 30% increase in cases.
There has been a steady increase in motor-vehicle deaths over the years, according to the NSC. The Statistics Department at the NSC records and releases this data each year.