Prior to 2015, traffic accidents were progressively on the decline. That trend drastically changed last year when traffic deaths climbed by almost 10%.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there were more than 26,000 traffic fatalities in the first three quarters of 2015, compared to the almost 24,000 road fatalities in the first three quarters of 2014. That’s an almost 10% jump.
The region that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana had an increase that was double the average, at 20%.
While the NHTSA claims that it’s too early to speculate about the reasons for this spike, I will go out on a limb here and say that it’s primarily due to cell devices and the dangerous practice of texting, talking and surfing the web while driving and that, until we find a way to curb this, we’ll continue to see an increase.