The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently
announced some good news about road safety in the United States. In 2013,
traffic deaths declined 3.1 percent from the prior year, while the estimated
number of people injured in
crashes decreased by 2.1 percent.
As San Diego injury lawyers, we are encouraged that the latest statistics
show that fatal crashes are declining. Overall, traffic fatalities have
dropped nearly 25 percent since 2004. However, 32,719 people still died
in motor vehicle accidents in 2012.
“Almost 90 people on average lose their lives each day – and
more than 250 are injured every hour – due to drunk driving, not
wearing a seatbelt, and the many other factors associated with traffic
crashes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “As
we work each day at NHTSA, these are tragic reminders of the importance
of our efforts and how we must build on our many successes and continue
to work even harder to protect the American public.”
Below are several other traffic safety statistics revealed in the
- Large truck occupant (0.9 percent) and motorcyclist (6.4 percent) fatalities
declined for the first time since 2009.
- Pedestrian fatalities declined by 1.7 percent to 4,735, but remains 15
percent higher than the record low of 4,109 pedestrian fatalities in 2009.
- Pedalcyclist fatalities increased by 1.2 percent, the highest since 2006.
- The estimated number of people injured in crashes decreased across all
person types in 2013 when compared to 2012, with declines among passenger
vehicle occupants (2.2 percent), large truck occupants (4 percent), motorcyclists
(5.4 percent), pedestrians (13 percent), and pedalcyclists (2 percent).
- The number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes fell to 3,154
in 2013 from 3,380 in 2012, a 6.7 percent decrease. However, the estimated
number of people injured in distraction-affected crashes (424,000) increased
by 1 percent compared to 2012.