The U.S. has experienced three straight years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates by the National Safety Council. Last year’s estimated 40,000 deaths is 14% higher than four years ago.
Driver behavior is likely contributing to the numbers staying stubbornly high. The Council’s estimates do not reveal causation; however, 2017 final data show spikes in deaths among pedestrians, while distraction continues to be involved in 8% of crashes, and drowsy driving in an additional 2%.
Read the article at National Safety Council.