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U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise in 2015

U.S. traffic deaths have risen in 2015, with fatalities during the first six months of the year rising 14% year-over-year to nearly 19,000. The country is on track to see its deadliest traffic year since 2007, according to the National Safety Council. The number of serious injuries—defined as those requiring medical care—rose to almost 2.3 million, up 30% year-over-year. The estimated cost of traffic crashes rose 24% to $152 million, including property damage, lost wages and medical expenses.

This is particularly disheartening given that 2014 and 2013 both saw declines in the total number of U.S. traffic deaths during the first six months of the year. The National Safety Council attributed the increase partially to an improved economy and lower gas prices. There tends to be a strong correlation between the strength of the economy and the number of traffic deaths, which makes sense when you consider that people with jobs tend to spend more time on the road commuting. They also tend to have more disposable income, which can translate into more vacations and more long trips on the road.

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