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Friday, December 9, 2011

Low Number of Traffic Deaths Continues

According to the Department of Transportation, there were 32,885 traffic fatalities on the nation's roads in 2010. This is the lowest number of deaths since 1949. This comes despite the fact that commuters drove 1.6 percent more, 46 billion miles, than they did in 2009.

The 2010 fatality rate averages out to 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles. This is down from 1.15 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles the year before. This is also the lowest rate ever recorded, according to the DOT.

There were declines in almost all vehicle categories, including occupants of passenger cars and light trucks, as well as SUVs, minivans, and pickups. However, there were slight increases in fatalities among pedestrians, motorcycles, and occupants of large trucks.

Reasons for Drop in Fatalities

There are several contributing factors according to experts. These include changes in protecting occupants, such as rollover protection and airbags, as well as changes in driver behavior. Programs and campaigns that address distracted driving, seatbelt use, and driving under the influence would appear to be making an impact. Laws, such as graduated drivers licenses and increasing the minimum drinking age have helped, too. Enforcement of driving laws and drivers generally driving more safely are also credited.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area today.

posted by Neil at 7:16 AM

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