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Inexpensive gasoline may contribute to the high number of vehicular deaths

Posted on July 18, 2016 5:52 pm under Car Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that around 35,200 people were killed in traffic accidents on United States roads in 2015, equating to an 8% rise from the previous year’s statistics, in part due to cheap gas prices, with most of the fatalities being attributed to driver error, at 94% of the total number of deaths.

This number has been one of the highest in traffic fatalities since 2008, NHTSA officials said.

NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said a factor in the increase of traffic deaths in the U.S. is the increase in miles driven, noting, “As the economy has improved and gas prices have fallen, more Americans are driving more miles.”

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