Snapchat App Being Blamed For Deaths

ABC Action News in Tampa Bay reported last month on the tragic death of a driver and his girlfriend, and three other people, in a crash on Coconut Palm Drive at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the crash.

The driver of a VW Golf traveling west on MLK Jr. Boulevard approaching Coconut Palm Drive lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the median, and collided with a Toyota Sienna minivan traveling east on MLK Jr. Boulevard. After colliding with the Toyota Sienna, the VW Golf collided with a Toyota Scion and debris from the crash struck a BMW 3-series. The driver of the Golf and his passenger both died because of the crash. Three more people who were in the minivan also died. […]

Motor Vehicle Fatalities Increasing According To One Report

The National Safety Council (NSC) has released its findings for the first half of 2016 regarding motor vehicle fatalities. According to the NSC, fatalities from motor vehicle accidents increased nine percent from the same period a year before and eighteen percent from the previous year. During the first six months of 2016, approximately 19,100 people died in traffic accidents and 2.2 million people were seriously injured. The total cost from these deaths and injuries is $205 billion.

Florida had the largest increase in motor vehicle fatalities since 2014 in the United States. Florida’s increase in motor vehicle deaths was 43 percent, almost 20 percent more than the fifth largest increase (Kentucky at 24 percent).

Why Are Deaths From Motor Vehicle Accidents Increasing At Such High Rates?

The NSC points to lower unemployment rates and a stronger economy as leading factors for the increase in the rate of motor vehicle fatalities. Furthermore, the average gas price per gallon was 16 percent lower than the same time one year ago. This resulted in a 3.3 percent increase in the number of miles driven. […]