Traffic Fatalities Up 10.4 Percent in First Half of 2016

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Preliminary data shows that traffic fatalities in the U.S. are up 10.4 percent during the first half of 2016.

The data is not yet finalized, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates 17,775 people have died in car crashes during the first six months of this year. That figure is also the highest during the same time period since the first half of 2008, when 17,894 people died in car-related accidents.

The increase can likely be attributed to drivers spending more time on roadways, with the number of miles traveled by drivers in the U.S. increasing 3.3 percent to 50.5 billion miles. The fatality rate has increased from 1.05 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles last year to 1.12 fatalities.

SEE ALSO: Traffic Deaths Increased by 7.7 Percent Last Year

According to NHTSA, traffic fatalities were up 7.2 percent last year, with a total of 35,092 people dying on roadways due to traffic accidents. Preliminary data from NHTSA originally estimated a 7.7-percent increase.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 07, 2016

    that many new arrivals getting licenses. because Rigorous Safety Standards haven't gone down

  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Oct 08, 2016

    Bring on the autonomous driving, because clearly people can no longer be trusted, but then again, could we ever ...? dun dun dun!