New NHTSA Report Offers Good News for Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on January 9, 2013

Naples personal injury attorneyAs Naples accident lawyers, we recently shared that Florida’s roadways are getting safer, with fatalities decreasing another two percent in 2011. In other good news, the downward trend was also seen across the country.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011. The figure represents the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year. The updated 2011 data is welcome news, given that preliminary numbers had indicated that the downward trend might be over.

"The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public education, can really make a difference on our roadways," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction."

Other key statistics include:

  • Fatalities declined by 4.6 percent for occupants of passenger cars and light trucks (including SUVs, minivans and pickups).
  • Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers dropped 2.5 percent in 2011, taking 9,878 lives compared to 10,136 in 2010.
  • Fatalities increased among large truck occupants (20 percent), pedalcyclists (8.7 percent), pedestrians (3.0 percent), and motorcycle riders (2.1 percent).
  • The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes rose to 3,331 in 2011 from 3,267 in 2010, an increase of 1.9 percent. NHTSA believes this increase can be attributed in part to increased awareness and reporting.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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