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U.S. Traffic Deaths in 2015 Rose 8%, says NSC

U.S. traffic deaths in 2015 rose 8% year-over-year to an estimated 38,300 people, according to preliminary estimates by the National Safety Council (NSC). This is the largest year-over-year increase in traffic fatalities in 50 years. In addition, an estimated 4.4 million people were seriously injured on U.S. roadways, making 2015 the deadliest year for motorists since 2008.

California saw an increase in traffic deaths, with fatalities rising 5% year-over-year to 3,249. In 2013, the state had 3,134 traffic fatalities.

Only 13 states showed substantial decreases in the number of traffic deaths, including Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas and New Jersey.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle crashes—including deaths, injuries, lost wages, administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage—was $412.1 billion.

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