By Nolan Erickson

Over the last decade, auto crash fatalities nationwide had been declining to record-low numbers. From 2009 to 2014, traffic deaths hovered around 32,000 to 33,000 per year, significantly below the 51,000 deaths per year in 1979 and 1980. But over the last two to three years, fatal crashes have been on the upswing again. In Michigan, over 1000 people were killed in 2016, the most since 2007. And the trend is not limited to Michigan – states across the country are seeing fatalities spiking to new levels.

Why the increase? Advances in …read more