ITASCA, IL — According to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by the National Safety Council, motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. have increased year-over-year by the largest percent in fifty years.
The council estimates that over 38,000 were killed on U.S. roads in 2015 — around eight percent more than the previous year. For Michigan, the estimates show 982 deaths, up ten percent from 2014.
Officials say a stronger economy and lower unemployment rates are likely at the core of this trend. Click here to find out more about the National Safety Council’s estimates.