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Traffic crashes: The latest statistics

Are auto crash fatalities on the rise? The data seems to be conflicted. A report from early 2016 shows updated data that states that 32,675 people died in vehicular crashes in 2014, which is a drop from the previous year, though not by much, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Despite the drop in fatalities, around 90 people are still killed each day in traffic accidents. If you have lost a loved one in this way, you know that any number of fatalities is too many. Not only that, but after a crash, families have to pursue legal assistance to help recoup costs and compensation, which can take a toll.

Motor vehicle accidents are still the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 5 and 34, according to data from 2010. During the first nine months of 2015, it was found that motor vehicle crash deaths had increased 9.3 percent compared to the first nine months of 2014. Crash deaths, specifically in the first nine months, were at the highest levels since 2008; this could be due to heavier traffic or a rise in dangerous driving.

The NHTSA reports that those who are 65 or older make up 17 percent of traffic fatalities, and the number of older drivers is on the rise. That could be an explanation for the growing number of traffic deaths on the roads.

Traffic crashes cost the United States $277 billion in 2010 alone. That is enough money to pay each person in the United States $897. If you consider the valuation of the lives of those lost in collisions, the cost of crashes rises by $594 billion.

Source: Insurance Information Institute, "Auto Crashes," accessed Feb. 18, 2016

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