Car Crash

Last year, 35,092 people died in car-related accidents, according to tallies just released by the federal government — a 6.5 percent increase in the number of fatalities per 100,000 people since 2014. This number also represents a 7.2 percent increase in absolute traffic fatalities from 2014, the largest single-year increase in 50 years. The recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) signals a disturbing new trend in auto fatalities. On Monday, the White House responded to these figures with a call to action, urging organizations to analyze and interpret the new data.

AxleGeeks took a first step into that process. The auto research site, which is powered by Graphiq, sifted through the NHTSA’s reports and found some interesting results. While traffic fatalities have increased nationwide, some states saw particularly large rises in car-related accidents. For example, the number of car fatalities per 100,000 people grew by over 20 percent in four states: Vermont, Oregon, Georgia and Washington.

Certain cities also saw particularly large surges in car accident deaths. Taking the top spot, Portland, Oregon, had a staggering 71.7 percent increase in traffic fatalities per 100,000 people, followed by Austin, Texas, at 69.8 percent. While the underlying reasons behind the increases remain a mystery, our preliminary results suggest that more research should be done on these states and cities.

With Labor Day weekend upon us, drivers will likely be heading out in force. At the current rate of car crash deaths, the National Safety Council estimates that 438 drivers could be killed during the three-day weekend. The safety organization is encouraging drivers to be extra cautious and avoid using social media behind the wheel.

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