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Good News: Motor Vehicle Fatalities Decline

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 NHTSA report:

  • 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.