california personal injury lawyersNHTSA Reduced Crash Fatalities on U.S. Roadways

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the latest traffic crash data. Initial estimates show that motor vehicle fatalities have gone down for the third consecutive year. According to the NHTSA, the preliminary estimates from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) 2019 data, there was a decline in traffic deaths during 2019. This information suggests that traffic crash fatalities have decreased for the third year running.


Reduction in Fatalities Per Vehicle Miles Traveled

At this time, a statistical projection for 2019 shows an estimated 36,120 people were killed in crashes in the U.S. This number is down 1.2 percent from the 36,560 people that were killed in 2018 crashes. That’s a decrease of about 440 fatalities. If this data is accurately reflected when final numbers are in, the fatality rate per vehicle miles traveled (VMT) will go from 1.13 fatalities per 100 million VMT in 2018 to 1.10 fatalities per 100 million VMT, which would be the second lowest on record since the NHTSA started keeping fatal crash data. 


Crash Fatality Reduction on U.S. Roads 

  • Drivers (down three percent) 
  • Passengers (down four percent) 
  • Motorcyclists (down one percent) 
  • Pedestrians (down two percent) 
  • Cyclists (down three percent)


Truck Crash Fatalities Increased

Unfortunately, fatalities involving large trucks appear to have increased by one percent in 2019. The NHTSA did establish an intermodal truck and bus group focused on increasing safety and reducing truck and bus-related crashes last year though. The finalization of the data should be available later this year, and analysts will know for sure if these estimates are accurate. They will also have projections for the first quarter of 2020.


Central Coast Car Accidents

After any kind of car accident, it’s important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. A lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injuries. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.  

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