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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highway Accident Deaths at Record Low

Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week shows highway accident deaths are at their lowest point in 62 years. This is also a 25 percent decline in fatalities since 2005. 

The NHTSA says there were 32,367 deaths last year. States with the lowest traffic fatality numbers include Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Connecticut. The main reason is that vehicles are getting safer. People are walking away from auto accidents now that would have killed them 20 years ago. There are also a plethora of crash-avoidance features car makers put into new vehicles.

While this is very good news, the NHTSA also said the number of people killed in accidents caused by distracted driving have gone up two percent. Other jumps in fatalities include a 20 percent rise in large truck occupants and just over a two percent increase in motorcycle riders.
Sadly, 2012 accident fatality statistics show a nine percent increase since 1975.
There are roughly 30,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents every year across the country. Identifying the reasons they occur is just as important as celebrating when the numbers drop.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an auto accident, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced personal injury attorney in your area today.

posted by Neil at 1:10 PM

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