On 12/8/2011, US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced the results of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that there were 32,885 highway deaths in the United States for the year, the lowest level since 1949. This decline in traffic fatalities occurred even as American drivers traveled nearly 46 billion more miles during the year than in 2009.
The report also said that 2010 saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled down from 1.15 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009.
The report noted that fatalities declined in most categories, including for occupants of passenger cars and light trucks (including SUVs, minivans and pickups). Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers dropped 4.9 percent in 2010. Even with this drop, drunk drivers were involved in crashes that took 10,228 lives, a little over one-third of all traffic fatalities. The steady drop in these categories has been attributed in large part to better safety features in vehicles including crumple zones, improved seatbelts, improved airbags, more impact resistant doors, increased use of side impact air bags, ABS braking systems and Electronic Stability Control devices.
On a distressing note, fatalities rose during 2010 among pedestrians, motorcycle riders and large truck occupants.
As long term Phoenix accident injury lawyers, we are always encouraged when we read news that the risk of being involved in a fatal accident has lessened.
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