The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that highway deaths in 2011 decreased. This is good news for all the Americans who must travel on the nation’s highways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration directs the highway safety and consumer programs established by federal laws. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. As part of its mission, NHTSA regularly issues reports regarding driving safety issues.
Traffic deaths dropped almost two percent from 2010 to 2011.
Traffic deaths dropped 1.9 percent from 2010 to 2011. The 32,367 reported deaths in 2011 is the lowest number of fatalities since 1949. Fatalities for females declined by 507 deaths. That represents a surprising 80 percent of the total decrease in traffic-related fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities, however, increased in 2011 to 4,612. This number accounts for 14 percent of the total fatalities for the year.
Injury rates dropped as well.
Approximately 2.22 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. This represents a drop from the 2.24 million people injured in traffic accidents in 2010.
Even drunk driving accidents decreased.
Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities declined by 2.5 percent in 2011. Drunk driving accidents accounted for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities. An alcohol-impaired-driving fatality is defined as a death in a crash involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or greater. The number of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes declined for most vehicle types; large declines were seen among drivers of large trucks (16%) and vans (9.8%). Fatal accidents involving motorcycle operators was the only category of drivers by vehicle type with an increase in alcohol-impaired crash involving.
Fatalities connected to truck accidents rose.
Fatalities involving large trucks increased 1.9 percent. This is the second year in a row large truck fatalities increased.
Distracted driving remains a growing concern.
Distracted driving fatalities increased 1.9 percent in 2011. More than 3,300 people died as a result of distraction-related crashes.
Additional information about roadway fatalities concerns restraint use.
When examining statistics about fatal accidents, investigators make notes about key pieces of information. Researchers can then use this information when developing safety campaigns, alleviating road concerns, and in making decisions about safety concerns.
Among fatally injured passenger vehicle occupants, more than half (52%) of those killed in 2011 were unrestrained by seat belts. Sixty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants who died during the nighttime hours were unrestrained.
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