A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that fatalities related to road accidents have increased by 5.6 percent in 2016. According to this new data, 37,461 people died in US roads last year, which is the highest number recorded since 2007 when 41,259 people lost their lives due to fatalities on the road.
The picture is far bleaker when broken down into categories, which shows that more pedestrians were killed in the US than in any other year since 1990. As a result, the 27-year high pedestrian fatalities resulted in the death of 5,987 people in 2016.
Apart from that, fatalities related to drunk driving rose by 1.7 percent to 10,497 deaths last year, while speed-related deaths increased by 4 percent to 10,111. The report also shows an increased number of fatalities among motorcyclists and bicyclists in the United States.
However, not all categories showed a bleak picture. Deaths that were related to distracted-driving actually showed a decrease in 2016. According to NHTSA data, the number of fatalities related to this category was 3,450, which was a 2.2 percent decrease since 2015. Furthermore, deaths related to drowsy driving also decreased by 3.5 percent to just 803 fatalities.