2013 Decline in Traffic Fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the decline in traffic crash fatalities over the past year and over the past decade. The good news is that Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data shows a 3.1 percent decrease in traffic fatalities over the previous year. Also, there has been a nearly 25 percent decline in traffic fatalities over the past decade. The number of people injured in crashes across the country has also declined by an estimated 2.1 percent since last year.

Traffic Fatality Facts

• Large truck occupants and motorcyclist crash fatalities have declined for the first time since 2009.
• Pedestrian fatalities declined by 1.7 percent.
• In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• In 2012, 3,380 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• An estimated 424,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2013.

Drunk Driving Crashes

Nearly 90 people are killed each day due to drunk driving crashes, not wearing seat belts or a variety of other factors associated with car accidents. Drunk and distracted driving remain two of the largest and most easily preventable causes of death behind the wheel. Committing to distraction-free free and sober driving is an important part of reducing fatal and injury-causing crashes in California and across the U.S.

Seat Belt Safety

It isn’t enough to count on airbags to save you either. They only work if you’re buckled up, so buckle up for every trip. Many Californians and motorists across the country lose their lives each year because they simply did not buckle up. Being ejected from a vehicle is almost always a fatal or catastrophic-injury causing event. Buckling up is the most effective way to stay safe in a car accident.

After an Accident

After any kind of car accident, your top priority needs to be your health and your family’s well being. Let an attorney handle the insurance companies and any other details, so you can get back to work and back to your real life.

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