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Traffic Fatalities in the U.S. Are Down

November 13, 2013

Over the past decade, the number of traffic deaths had been on a sharp decline until 2012 when those statistics reversed course.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths in the U.S. fell by 4.2% in the first half of 2013, as compared to the first half of 2012.  Although those statistics have declined, NHTSA still estimated that over 15,000 people died in all of the various forms of motor vehicle accidents for the first six months.  This statistic translates into a rate of death of 1.06/100,000,000 miles traveled in this country.

The report of NHTSA sites possible factors for the decline in deaths over the course of many years is improved safety systems in vehicles including improved airbags; newer active technologies such as electronic stability control and advanced collision avoidance systems; and crack-downs on drunk and distracted driving.

On the other hand, motor cycle deaths have risen over the past couple of years.  NHTSA has not yet provided a breakdown of motorcycle deaths versus all other deaths for the first half of 2013. This increase in motor cycle deaths may be attributed to the fact that several states have eliminated mandatory motorcycle helmet laws.



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