More than 35,000 men, women and children died in car crashes in 2015 — which was an increase of 7.2 percent over 2014 stats. The percentage increase was the largest in nearly 50 years.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released statistics about traffic fatalities in 2015. Fatalities involving cars, trucks, SUVs, pedestrians and bicyclists all increased over the previous year.
The largest percentage increase previously was an 8.1-percent increase from 1965 to 1966. The estimated number of people injured on the Nation’s roads increased in 2015, rising from 2.34 to 2.44 million injured people.
Transportation officials attributed the increased number of fatalities to a combination of factors including lower gas prices, job growth and more miles driven.
Here’s a breakdown of traffic fatality increases in 2015: