Itasca, IL –
Preliminary data collected by the National
Safety Council indicates deaths from motor vehicle crashes
during the first six months of 2014 are down 4 percent, compared to the same
six month period last year. In 2014, 16,180 traffic deaths occurred from
January through June, compared to 16,860 in 2013. Definitive reasons behind the
decrease are not known.
show that 90 percent of crashes involve driver error, including speeding,
alcohol use and distractions,” said Deborah Hersman, president
and CEO at NSC. “Although it’s encouraging to see a decrease in fatalities,
the unfortunate fact remains that many of these crashes could have been
In addition to
human loss, motor vehicle crashes present a significant national cost in lost
wages and productivity, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer
costs and property damage. The preliminary cost of motor vehicle deaths,
injuries and property damage through June was $123 billion.
National Safety Council
in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is
to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and
communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and
advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government
agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most
impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug
overdoses and Safe Communities.