NSC: Traffic deaths down 4 percent in first half of 2014

Deaths related to motor vehicle crashes decreased 4 percent during the first six months of 2014, according to preliminary data collected by the National Safety Council. From January to June, 16,180 traffic deaths occurred, compared with 16,860 in the first six months of 2013.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage through June was $123 billion. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.

“Studies show that 90 percent of crashes involve driver error, including speeding, alcohol use and distractions,” NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman said in a press release. “Although it’s encouraging to see a decrease in fatalities, the unfortunate fact remains that many of these crashes could have been prevented.”