Yesterday, the National Safety Council estimated that as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. This estimate represents a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014.
What’s causing the significant increase in fatalities? People are driving more miles and more people are driving distracted.
Arkansas State Police report a similar increase in car crash fatalities between 2014 and 2016.
Here’s a link to the National Safety Council press release.
Here’s a link to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article discussing national and state fatality numbers.