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Traffic Deaths Keep Rising in U.S., But Don't Blame Texting

  • Vehicle crash deaths were 37,461 in 2016, up 5.6 percent
  • Fatalities linked to distraction down after prior-year spike
A damaged vehicle in Orlando, Florida.
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Traffic fatalities in the U.S. jumped for the second straight year in 2016 despite a dip in crash deaths linked to distracted driving, according to data released by federal highway safety regulators.

Some 37,461 people died in vehicle collisions in 2016, the highest annual tally since 2007, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures. The 5.6 percent rise in traffic deaths last year came after a 8.4 percent spike in 2015, which was the largest annual increase since the mid-1960’s.