Traffic Deaths At Forecasted New Low

by Cornelius Nunev

Traffic fatalities might not be the top cause of death in the United States, but they are one of the most preventable, leading government officials to focus on reducing them. Early information from 2011 traffic fatalities suggests they have fallen to the lowest levels on record.

Avoidable death

According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 34. More than 2.3 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. The economic impact of injuries and fatalities from traffic crashes was estimated to be at least $70 billion per year by 2005.

The number of traffic fatalities has been increasing yearly since 2005, which is a huge bonus for most people. The deaths had decreased over 10,000 from 2005 to 2010 dropping from 43,510 to 32,885.

AutoBlog explained that preliminary data has been published about 2011 already. It shows that the decline is expected to continue.

Numbers at lowest ever

Preliminary data released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration on 2011 has shown another decline in traffic fatalities. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports on these fatalities each year.

A 1.7 percent decrease from 2010's rate is anticipated with a 2011 rate of 32,310 traffic deaths. If this figure is accurate, it will mean a 26 percent drop from 2005 and could mean the lowest recorded traffic deaths since 1949, according to USA Today. This number is based on statistical projection, not actual figures. The number could vary.

Rates low too

Last year, there were 1.11 people killed for every 100 million miles traveled by all cars in the country. That made the traffic fatality rate 1.11 per 100 million. That number will be 1.09 per 100 million if the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is correct in its estimates.

The decline was sharpest in Brand new England states, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The NHTSA divides the country into 10 regions; the region composed of the six states of New England had an estimated drop in deaths of 7.2 percent. The sharpest increase was in California, Arizona and HI, where traffic fatalities were forecasted to have increased by 3.3 percent.

You can expect the final report to be released in the fall. Until then, it is just conjecture.

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