Highway Deaths Declining; Distracted Accidents Increasing
In 2011, there were 32,367 highway deaths, decreasing 1.9% from 2010. Additionally, this number was the lowest since 1949. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System also reported that the number of national fatalities was the lowest ever recorded, down .01% from 2010. Fatalities involving passengers in SUVs, minivans, pickups and passenger cars decreased 4.6%. Deaths in crashes with drunk drivers took 9,878 lives as opposed to 10,136 lives in the previous year. Unfortunately, fatalities involving large trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists increased by 20%, 8.7%, 3% and 2.1% respectively. Distraction-related accidents also increased by 1.9%, but officials are unsure of whether that number is due to increased reporting and awareness. Despite Americans driving 1.2% fewer miles than in 2010, the NHTSA says that the change in number of deaths strongly outweighs the change in miles driven. We are in more difficult economic times. People have less money to spend. Less money to spend means less places to go, which means less cars on the road, which means fewer interactions and fewer auto accidents. How much of this is responsible for the decrease in accidents? Hard to say. But, are fewer accident happening because people are driving more safely? After bring in the legal professional for 10 years, representing accident victims, I seriously doubt that to be the case. Whatever the reason, let’s hope the trend continues. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by calling (888) 467-0312 or visit us online at http://www.oliveroslaw.com/ with all your legal needs.