The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on
December 8 that 2010 saw the fewest highway accident deaths since 1949,
even as U.S. drivers traveled a combined total of over 46 billion miles
in the year. Fatalities dropped to 32,885 deaths over the course of the
year according to data collected by the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis
Reporting System (FARS), which the agency uses to collect accident data
from around the United States.
The data collected shows that fatalities in most accident categories declined
from 2009 to 2010, including crashes involving passenger cars and light
trucks, such as pickups. The fatality rate for 2010 is now the lowest
ever recorded with an average of 1.10 deaths per 100 million miles traveled
by vehicles, a rate that is owed to both the decline in overall deaths
and increase in miles traveled.
While complete details of the results will not be available for several
years, some overall statistics have been released. Fatal drunk driving
crashes decreased 4.9 percent from 2009 to 2010 with 531 fewer deaths
resulting. However, fatalities rose for motorcyclists, pedestrians, and
those involved in
large truck crashes. The NHTSA also reported that 3,092 people died in 2010 crashes that involved
some form of distracted driving.
While the 61-year low is a great mark of success for government agencies
and all involved in making U.S. roads safer, over 32,000 car crash deaths
is still a tragic number without even taking into account the number non-fatally
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