A Comparative Analysis of State Traffic Safety Countermeasures and Implications
Traffic Safety Facts: In 2015, the United States experienced 35,092 fatalities and 2.44 million injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes, a 7.2-percent increase from 2014 (National Center for Statistics and Analysis [NCSA], 2016). This is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. In 2015, motor vehicle crashes accounted for nearly onequarter (24.7%) of unintentional injury fatalities, ranking as the second-leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities for all age groups combined (National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS], 2016). Furthermore, in 2015, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for those 15 to 24 years old (NCHS, 2016).