Roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers, according to The New York Times.
A growing number of safety advocates, including grass-roots groups, federal officials and state and local leaders across the country are campaigning to change a 100-year-old mentality that they say trivializes the single most common cause of traffic incidents: human error, according to The New York Times.
Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity. About six percent are caused by vehicle malfunctions, weather and other factors. Preliminary estimates by the nonprofit National Safety Council show deadly crashes rose by nearly eight percent in 2015 over the previous year, killing about 38,000 people, according to The New York Times.
On Jan. 1, the state of Nevada enacted a law, passed almost unanimously in the Legislature, to change “accident” to “crash” in dozens of instances where the word is mentioned in state laws, like those covering police and insurance reports, according to The New York Times.
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