Twenty states experienced a decrease in the number of traffic-accident fatalities in 2010 compared to the 2009 stats. North Carolina was not one of them. In 2010, there were nearly 1,320 people who died in car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere throughout the state. This is an increase from the 2010 total fatality count. According to the recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview reports the number of traffic fatalities across the U.S. decreased in 2010 from the previous year. The NHTSA also notes that 2010 marks the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.
Our North Carolina and South Carolina car accident lawyers would like to point out that the number of traffic fatalities crept up as 2010 progressed. Experts believe that this trend is going to continue. As the economy continues recover, motorists are expected to hit the roadway more often and for longer distances. The increase in travelers increases your risks for a fatal accident on our roadways.
We’d also like to point out that while the NHTSA is bragging about lower numbers, the stats of various types of accidents actually increased. Fatalities among motorcyclists, large truck occupants, van occupants, bicyclists and pedestrians were higher in 2010 than in 2009. In 2010, there were almost 33,000 people killed on U.S. roadways. In addition to these fatalities, another 2.24 million people were injured.
Many of these accidents were caused by drunk drivers and by distracted drivers. To help to better track these types of accidents, the NHTSA has created two new measures: the “distraction-affected crashes” and the “alcohol-related crashes” measure. In 2010, a third of all traffic fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Nearly 3,100 additional people were killed in accidents that involved a distracted driver.
While the number of traffic fatalities may have decreased, the number of injuries actually increased. So did the number of fatalities in urban areas and among vehicle passengers who were wearing a seat belt at the time of an accident.
Motorcyclists also experienced an increase in the number of traffic fatalities. The number of fatalities among motorcyclists who were under the age of 55 saw a decrease of about 80 deaths, while the number of fatalities among motorcyclists who were over the age of 55 increased by nearly 120 fatalities.
When talking about the time of day, evening saw a majority of the decease while the number of daytime fatalities remained about the same.
Drivers are asked to remain cautious behind the wheel and to take the news of the recent reduction in traffic fatalities with a grain of salt. Roadways fatalities are still alarmingly high, especially through specific categories. As the economy recovers, travel will be more common and risks for an accident will increase even more. Be safe, cautious and drive defensively to avoid serious accident.
If you, a family member or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact the North Carolina and South Carolina injury attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP. Call 1.800.533.6845. No Attorney Fees Until You’ve Been Paid.
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