The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a press release announcing that roadway fatalities were down in 2017. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), fatal motor vehicle crashes are down by almost two percent after two years of large increases. Additionally, initial estimates for the first half of 2018 show that the downward trend may be continuing. While this is exciting news, there were still way too many lives lost on roadways in California and all across the nation last year. In fact, 37,133 people lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2017.
2017 U.S. Roadway Car Crash Facts
- Pedestrian fatalities declined about two percent, the first decline since 2013.
- For the second year in a row, more fatalities occurred in urban areas than rural areas.
- Combination trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 5.8 percent.
- Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased by 1.2 percent from 2016 to 2017.
- The fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased by 2.5 percent, from 1.19 in 2016 to 1.16 in 2017.
Dangerous Driving Habits Are Still a Problem
NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King is quick to point out that there are still a variety of dangerous driving habits putting lives at risk on U.S. roadways everyday. From speeding and distracted driving to drug and alcohol impaired driving, there are many issues that need to be addressed. Safety advocates and officials are reminding motorists to abstain from any type of distracted driving and aggressive driving behaviors. Additionally, the NHTSA’s latest campaign “If you Feel Different, You Drive Different,” is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of drug impaired driving.
Car Accidents in California
Car accidents leave victims in the hospital and out of work, or worse. After any type of car accident, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.