fatalities

Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise

By Michael Brenneis Hit-and–run fatal crashes are increasing in the United States. Why? The short answer is that we don’t entirely know. Studies are limited, and data regarding the characteristics of drivers and victims is not extensive. Many hit-and-run drivers get away. Witnesses may not be

Pedestrian deaths are a systemic problem in the U.S.

Bu Chris McCahill Pedestrian deaths hovered around 6,000 in 2017, according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. That’s a slight drop from the previous year but still 45 percent higher than in 2009. Media reports have hyped a handful of theories to explain the

Report calls for a Safe Systems approach to reduce fatalities

By Robbie Webber A new report from the World Research Institute finds that the most effective way to prevent traffic deaths is a systemic approach that shifts responsibility away from the drivers and other road users to those responsible for roadway planning and designing, land use mix, providing

International perspective: Road safety, design, and alcohol consumption

By Brian Lutenegger A pair of international studies from Australia and the European Union examined roadway safety. A number of factors help explain why Australia’s traffic fatality rate is less than half of the U.S. rate. And strict blood alcohol content limits can reduce fatalities but must be

Alcohol and gasoline prices: Their impact on traffic fatalities and the economy

By Logan Dredske Alcohol and gasoline prices are having unexpected impacts on traffic fatalities, as well as causing damage to economies. A study by Onyumbe Enumbe B. Lukongo, an economics professor at Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, explored the relationship between per

Road fatalities are disproportionate across both racial/ethnic and rural/urban lines

By Rayla Bellis Recent research examines equity in road fatalities and finds significant disparities across racial/ethnic, income, and geographic lines. The study, from the University of Colorado, includes a spatial analysis of more than 970,000 U.S. road fatalities in the Fatality Analysis

Unpacking the rise in traffic deaths

By Chris McCahill Traffic deaths shot up for the second straight year in 2016, according to recent estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). Total fatalities are estimated to have surpassed 40,000 for the first time since 2007, marking a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent

Crash fatalities climbing faster than VMT

By Bill Holloway Recent data indicate that the total number of traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2016 will be significantly higher than in 2015. According to an analysis by the National Safety Council, the number of traffic deaths during the first five months of the year (15,430) was 9 percent higher

Total VMT and fatalities are up

By Bill Holloway Total 2015 U.S. motor vehicle travel is expected to reach record levels, and crash-related fatalities have been climbing as well. According to a new post in Fastlane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation, based on data through last November, it is likely

Children killed in DUI crashes likely to be in car with drunk driver

By Robbie Webber Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age, and drunk driving is involved in about one-fifth of these crashes. However, contrary to common perception, the child is likely to be riding in the same car as the drunk driver, and the rate of