Even with increased safety devices in cars, accident rates across the country are rising. The number of deaths caused by car accidents is also on the rise. The National Safety Council says that this Labor Day could be the deadliest since 2008.
The council is predicting that this Labor Day will result in 438 deaths. They base this prediction on recent crash rates.
Georgia has had one of the largest increases in traffic-related fatalities, only ranking behind Florida, which saw a 43% increase since 2014. Georgia saw a 34% increase since 2014.
In total, 19,100 people have been killed in auto accidents nationwide since January. Another 2.2 million were seriously injured.
Kelley’s Blue Book managing editor, Matt DeLorenzo, said that those statistics may be misleading. He says that the number of miles being driven by Americans is also on the rise. More Americans driving further means that the number of injuries and fatalities will also rise.
More airbags, automated breaking, blindspot warnings, and backup cameras are among safety features becoming more and more common in new vehicles. These preventative measures might be preventing more people from dying in auto accidents that otherwise would have.
Despite these safety features, drivers are often their worst enemies.
“These numbers could be lower if distracted driving wasn’t an issue.” says DeLorenzo.
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