New Report: U.S. Traffic Fatalities Fell to Lowest Level Since 1949

by Carmen Dellutri on January 3, 2012

Sarasota personal injury attorneyU.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced that highway deaths fell to 32,885 last year, the lowest level since 1949. The record-breaking decline in traffic fatalities occurred even as American drivers traveled nearly 46 billion more miles during the year, an increase of 1.6 percent over the previous year.

“While we have more work to do to continue to protect American motorists, these numbers show we’re making historic progress when it comes to improving safety on our nation’s roadways,” said Secretary LaHood. “Thanks to the tireless work of our safety agencies and partner organizations over the past few decades, to save lives and reduce injuries, we’re saving lives, reducing injuries, and building the foundation for what we hope will be even greater success in the future.”

In other good news, the updated information released by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 2010 also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2010, down from 1.15 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009.

Other key findings include:

  • Traffic fatalities declined in most categories in 2010, 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, taking 10,228 lives compared to 10,759 in 2009.
  • Traffic fatalities rose among pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and large truck occupants. (We will have more on this tomorrow.)

Source: Department of Transportation

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