Fatal Accidents Continue to Rise in the US
In the past four months there have been several fatal accidents involving high profile athletes at the collegiate and professional level. In June we lost three collegiate players, two at Texas A&M Commerce that died tragically in Paris, as their car stopped at a stop sign, and pulled out into an intersection they were hit by an 18-wheeler. There were four occupants in the vehicle, at the time of the crash; two passengers Aubree Butts and Devon Oliver were killed. The driver La’tisha Hearne and front passenger Zeonbia Winbush were taking to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They were in Paris coaching a basketball camp at Paris High School. Later that month, Ex-Auburn football player Philip Lutzenkirchen died in a single car accident in Georgia, and just five days ago on September 21, 2012 we lost the Former Titans Kicker Rob Bironoas, he was 36 years old and lost control of his SUV went off the road into several trees before turning upside down. Yesterday, University of Cincinnati lost Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore, when a vehicle turned two lanes of traffic and his motorcycle was struck, in Cincinnati.
In the Aviation Industry there is zero tolerance for pilot error, because the result of error is catastrophic. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety describes the American roadways as such when it comes to fatal accidents; Imagine a plane full of people crashing, killing everyone on board, every single day. That’s how many people die on America’s roads daily. “Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year,” says the Institute in the journal Injury Prevention. On average, more than 100 people per day died in car crashes in the U.S. The death toll for a single day can range from 45 to 252 people, say the researchers.
These results are alarming, and the number of drivers and accidents on the US roadways are not decreasing. Even with the latest technology and safety features, the number of fatalities on US roadways continues to climb based on the last NHTSA’s Fatal Analysis Report System (FARS).
In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States; this was a 3.3-percent increase in the number of people killed on our roadways, from 32,479 the previous year.
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