According to an article from Bloomberg News today, U.S. motor vehicle deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 (according to estimates released by the National Safety Council).
"Fatalities last year hit 40,200, a 6 percent gain from 2015 and up 14 percent from 2014, according to the group. The trend reflects similar findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which in January reported an 8 percent rise in deadly crashes in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the prior-year period."
The National Safety Council, a nonprofit safety advocacy group, also released survey findings showing that 47 percent of motorists are comfortable texting while driving. Some 10 percent of drivers reported driving drunk, and 43 percent of them were involved in a crash while impaired, the group said. The survey also found that 16 percent said they don't wear seatbelts on every trip, while 25 percent are comfortable speeding on residential streets."