Friday, June 22, 2012
Report: U.S. Highway Fatalities Drop to their Lowest Number Since 1949
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the number of overall road fatalities in the States dropped by 2.9% to 32,885 in 2010 compared to 2009. The fatality rate, that is the number of people killed per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, fell to 1.1 last year from 1.15 in 2009.
This is the fifth year in a row that fatalities decreased. On the other hand, deaths of motorcyclists, pedestrians and large-truck occupants increased and the number of traffic accident-related injuries rose by 0.9% to 2.24 million.