Traffic Safety Update

Latest crash statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlight two contrasting tales. The good news is that safer vehicles and aggressive law enforcement appear to be paying off, with the overall number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2007 declining by 3.9 percent to 41,059. This reduction is the largest in terms of both number and percentage since 1992. In addition, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled fell to a historic low of 1.37. However, motorcycle safety continues to be a problem. According to NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities now account for 13 percent of all fatalities. In 2007 alone, the number of motorcycle riders or passengers killed on the nation’s roads increased 6.6 percent over the previous year while the number of injured increased by 17 percent. Check out further I.I.I. info on motorcycle crashes.  

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