WASHINGTON — In response to the National Safety Council’s alarming release today estimating that 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, Robert Passmore, assistant vice president, personal lines policy at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement calling on policymakers to take action on auto safety measures.
“We are experiencing an epidemic on our roadways,” said Passmore. “Roadway deaths have been steadily increasing since 2014, and the recent data from the NSC is alarming and shows that action is needed now more than ever to protect motorists and pedestrians. Enacting and enforcing effective laws that improve safety, such as primary enforcement of all passenger safety restraint laws, speed limits, and distracted and impaired driving will help save lives, prevent injuries, as well as make auto insurance costs more affordable for consumers.
“Auto safety is the first concern of auto insurers,” continued Passmore. “However the increase in accident frequency and severity comes at a time when repair, labor, medical, and other costs associated with accidents also are rising. All of these can lead to an increase in insurance costs for consumers.
“PCI applauds the NSC for their tireless work to promote driver safety. PCI is proud to work with the NSC as part of the Road to Zero Coalition and will continue to work with policymakers at the federal and state level and industry leaders to reduce accidents on our roads,” concluded Passmore.