NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut saw a rise in deadly motor vehicles accidents in 2015. It jumped 14% from the previous year and that’s more than the national increase of 8%, according to the National Safety Council.
The NSC statistics department just released their numbers that show 283 people died in 2015 compared to 249 in 2014. In terms of percentage increase, that ranks Connecticut 13th overall.
The NSC finding show 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and 4.4 million were seriously injured. Those numbers show 2015 was likely the deadliest driving year since 2008.
The council says lower gas prices are partially to blame for the rise in roadway deaths since more people are driving on the roads.