Estimates on traffic related deaths have shown a steep increase by 9.3 percent during the first nine months of year 2015 based on reports by the United States Department of Transportation. This came out just as the agency kicked off the first of a series of regional summits that seek to examine, evaluate, and discuss unsafe traffic behavior and trends. The summit takes place in Sacramento where tried and true tactics for road safety will be presented.

Decades of NHTSA research has revealed that human factors like behavior and practices contribute to 94 percent of these accidents. This is because the US DOT has recognized that it has done a lot in the improvement or roads and infrastructure for safety, which has indeed decreased highway deaths. But the apparent increase as per the report of 2015 has shown that those measures were not enough.

The report, in fact, shows that more than 26,000 people have died due to traffic related crashes within the first nine months of 2015. This is a leap from the 23,796 deaths in the year 2014, also within its first nine months. This shows an increase of number among US regions between 2 to 20 percent. NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind says that it’s time to introduce changes in behavior regarding traffic safety. This means taking on new initiatives and tackling recurring issues such as failure to wear seatbelts or even drunk driving.

These are just some of the issues the series of regional summits seek to address: drunk and drugged driving, over speeding, neglecting seatbelts, child seats, and other safety features, and safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists. The South Bend car accident lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak recommends that motorists remind themselves of these simple yet crucial road safety practices.