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Highway Car Accident Deaths Fall to Lowest Level Since 1949

By Alpert Schreyer on December 20, 2012

Recently released information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that the total number of deaths from highway traffic accidents decreased to the lowest amount since 1949. According to the NHTSA, there were a total of 32,367 deaths from highway crashes in 2011, which is also a 1.9 percent decrease from 2010’s total.

The latest fatality results show that traffic accident deaths have decreased by 26 percent since the year 2005. This decline also resulted in the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles travelled.

Other improved statistics found by the NHTSA include a decrease in fatalities of passenger car occupants by 4.6 percent and drunk driving crash deaths dropping 2.5 percent, with 9,878 lives lost in 2011, compared to the 10,136 in 2010.

However, not everything was an improvement in 2011 traffic. Distracted driving crash deaths increased from 3,267 in the year 2010 to a total of 3,331 in 2011. Additionally, semi truck occupant deaths, pedalcyclist deaths, pedestrian deaths, and motorcyclist deaths all increased from 2010 to 2011. The NHTSA is currently investigating why these rates increased in 2011 in order to implement better safety measures and decrease fatality rates on the road.

If you have lost a loved one in a Maryland car accident caused by another party’s actions, the Maryland car accident wrongful death lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help you find justice for your loved one and the compensation you need to help you properly cope with your losses. To learn more about how we may be able to aid you, call (844) 632-7274.

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