As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock and evaluate where improvements occurred and where we didn’t do so well. The FARS system, a program of the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, keeps an ongoing tally of fatalities on Nevada roads. As of November 30, 2016, with almost an entire year of data collection, it’s apparent that Las Vegas roadways are not any safer than they’ve been in the past.

Data from 2016 shows a 12 percent increase in total crashes year-over-year with 185 accidents reported to date. During the same period in 2015 there were 164 crashes reported. Fatalities from crashes showed a 10 percent increase in 2015 with 178 deaths, compared to 196 fatalities on Clark County roads in 2016.

Motorcyclists showed the largest increase among all the groups tracked with a 78 percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities from 2015 to 2016, with fatalities coming in at 26 and 46, respectively. Pedestrian fatalities also showed an 8 percent increase year-over-year.

Compared to Past Years

The foregoing statistics don’t consider that 2015 showed a 20 percent increase in fatalities in Clark County over 2014. Over the last two years, county roads have seen a 30 percent increase in traffic fatalities.

National statistics show 2015 traffic fatalities to have increased over seven percent, which was the largest increase in fatalities in the last 50 years.

Reasons for increases

Since many of today’s cars are being built safer, with more assists to avoid crashes and Collision Avoidance Systems being built into many models, one would expect these statistics to show a downward trend at some point.

While several states saw decreases in fatal accidents in recent years, Nevada has shown large increases, with most of the increase coming from Clark County. The leading cause of accidents in the current period is due to distracted driving, followed by failure to wear seat belts.

Nevada Traffic Accident Attorneys

If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, we would like to speak to you regarding your case. Call the Accident Lawyers at The Richard Harris Law Firm to discuss your today at (702) 444-4444.