For the second consecutive year, the U.S. experienced a small decline in roadway deaths, according to preliminary estimates recently released from the National Safety Council (NSC).
A recent data analysis by iSeeCars.com, an automotive research firm and car search engine, showed that occupant fatalities from car crashes occur almost twice as often in subcompact cars and sports cars compared to the average vehicle.
The National Safety Council (NSC) has reported a less than 0.5-percent decrease in motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2018 compared to the corresponding period in 2017.
Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate that motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are down 1 percent compared to the first six months of 2016.
The 2015 fatality estimate is up 8.1 percent from the same period last year, and the fatality rate rose by 4.4 percent.
Non-profit organization states one reason for increase in traffic deaths is an improving economy with lower gas prices and unemployment rates, which has led to an increase in vehicle miles traveled.