A report released Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2015, more than 100 people were killed in crashes involving vehicles, more often than any other year since the agency began tracking the numbers in 2000.
The report found that the number of crashes involving automobiles doubled between 2014 and 2015.
The report is the first official tally of the number and type of vehicles involved in crashes each year since 2010, when the NHTSA first began tracking crash data in its database.
In 2017, the agency said it had recovered nearly $3.2 billion in property damage, and about $2.7 billion in personal injuries.
The NHTAS said it found more than 30,000 crashes, which totaled $5.3 billion.
The NHTS found that more than 1,100 crashes were caused by vehicles that were traveling at a speed of 55 mph or less.
The agency said that nearly 3,000 of those crashes involved a passenger vehicle and more than 2,400 involved a semitrailer.
The agency also found that vehicle crashes involving other people increased significantly in the early part of 2017, reaching a peak of 2,079 in February.
That number then dropped to 2,081 in March and 2,060 in April, according to the report.
“The number of collisions that involved other people has remained relatively constant over time, but the proportion of vehicle crashes that involved a driver’s personal vehicle has increased significantly,” NHTAs director, Richard Anderson, said in a statement.
“This is a reminder that the risks to all of our drivers and our communities are much higher than we previously realized.”
The NHDSA has not yet released the full report, but it will be released at a press conference Thursday.
The group is expected to release a summary of its findings in the coming weeks.
In 2015, at least 20 people were injured in a car crash in San Diego County, according the NHDAS.
More than 6,000 were injured.
The average number of people killed in car crashes was nearly 2.4, with a median age of 32.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said the total number of accidents involving motor vehicles increased by 3.5% between 2014 to 2015.