Statistics released recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s (NHTSA) show a 2 percent overall decline in fatalities in 2011 compared to the 2010 calender year.
But it’s not all good news. While the overall number has decreased, motorcyclist, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increased, as did accidents involving large trucks.
“As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction,” said Ray LaHood with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Our Greenville car accident attorneys understand that many of our roadways just aren’t designed to handle the new trends in travel. More people are walking or riding a bike than every before. And motorcycling continues to gain in popularity.
In 2011, our country saw a struggling economy and skyrocketing gas prices. These two factors caused a lot of residents to hang up their keys and to find a more economical way to get around. Residents were also traveling a lot less. With fewer vehicle miles traveled we saw a decrease in the risks for accidents. The economy is improving and residents are getting back on their feet, which serves up both good and bad news. The good is that many are reclaiming solid financial footing, but the bad is that we’re all starting to travel a little bit more and we’re expected to see more fatal accidents because of it.
In these latest statistics from the NHTSA, North Carolina was recognized for being one of the states with the highest reduction in overall traffic fatalities. We saw about 90 fewer fatalities in 2011 than we did in 2010. Also among the states with significant decreases were Connecticut, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. In 2011, there were still close to 1,300 people killed in traffic accidents in North Carolina.
-The fatalities among the occupants of passenger cars and light trucks decreased by more than 4.5 percent.
-Fatalities in accidents involving drunk driving dropped about 2.5 percent. Still, there were close to 10,000 people killed in these kinds of accidents.
-The number of pedestrians killed increased by about 3 percent.
-The number of bicyclists killed increased by more than 8.5 percent.
-The number of truck occupants killed jumped by about 20 percent.
-The number of fatalities resulting from distracted driving accidents increased by close to 2 percent.
Travelers of all kinds are asked to pay a little more attention out there. We can’t continue to rely on the safety features of our vehicles to keep us safe. Nothing is going to help to bring down these accident stats except more drivers taking responsibility behind the wheel. Do your part to make 2013 a safer year!
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