Motor vehicle travel is the most common means of transportation for people in the United States. Unfortunately, it is also the leading cause of death for people ages two through 34. Traffic fatalities account for more than 90 percent of transportation deaths.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it their mission to reduce deaths and injuries due to automobile accidents. Fortunately, the number of fatal accidents has decreased significantly. In 2006 the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles of travel was 1.41.
Contributions to a lower fatality rate include increased seat belt us and decreased alcohol involvement. In 2006, there was an 81 percent seat belt use nationwide and a reduction in the rate of alcohol involvement in fatal crashes was 41 percent as opposed to 42 percent in 1996.
In 2006, 42,642 people were killed in the estimated 5,973,000 police-reported
motor vehicle traffic crashes, 2,575,000 people were injured, and 4,189,000
crashes involved property damage only.
These stats were based on data recorded by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Although the NHTSA has made great improvements, there is still much more to be done.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, call the McMinn Law Firm today to schedule your first consultation.