The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it estimates the number of deaths on the road to go up 9.5% in the first three months of this year, to around 7,500 deceased persons.
Moreover, the growth is three times as much as the additional driving people in the U.S. did. The miles traveled in the first three months went up 9.8 billion miles, which represent a 3.9% increase.
The first quarter of 2015 shows that the fatality rate has increased to 1.04 deaths for every 100 miles, standing for a rise from 0.99 fatalities for 100 million miles projected in the same period of time back in 2014. In the first three months of this year, the number of fatalities grew by 650, and this is the highest number of deaths since 2012.
The NHTSA agency said that it does not have an explanation for the growth and that it “is continuing to gather/ finalize data on crash fatalities for 2013, 2014 and 2015 using information from police accident reports and other sources. It is too soon to speculate on the contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways.”
While 2012 recorded a significant increase in the number of deaths on the road by 11.8% in the first quarter of the year, after that period, the rate steadily decreased quarter by quarter up to the present.
The National Safety Council announced that the death rate at the moment is going to reach an even higher level, which has not been seen since 2007. The group stated that traffic deaths went up 14% through the first six months in a year-on-year comparison with 2014, and that serious injuries have also gone up a massive 30%.