Traffic Deaths Increase First Six Months of the Year

WASHINGTON – The number of traffic deaths is up 14 percent nationally in the first six months of 2015.

Traffic injuries are also up one-third when compared to last year, according to the National Safey Council.

Close to 19,000 people across the U.S. have died in traffic accidents through June of this year. If the trend continues we could see traffic deaths for the year exceed 40,000, something that hasn’t happened since 2007.

Two of the factors that may be leading to more traffic accidents include the low cost of fuel and the increase use of cell-phones in the car. It’s estimated that a quarter of all accidents involve the use of a cellphone.