In the United States, the rate of fatalities caused by traffic accidents has steadily decreased in recent years. The Fatal Analysis Reporting System is the tool used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to better understand deadly crashes. According to FARS data, 2014 was perhaps the safest year on record for American drivers. The fatality rate of 1.07 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was the lowest ever recorded. Unfortunately, the preliminary numbers for 2015 are not as promising.
While the NHTSA will not release final crash data for 2015 until this time next year, it has released an estimate based on the first six months of the year. The estimate is subject to revision and may not be reflective of the final number once the calendar year is complete. That said, 2015 is shaping up to be a poor follow-up to the safety gains of 2014.