Report: highway car accident deaths at historic lows | Bart Durham Injury Law

Report: highway car accident deaths at historic lows

Roads in Nashville and around the country are at the safest levels in over a half century according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. New NHTSA data shows that the rate of car accident deaths has declined to the lowest levels since 1949. The most recent statistics list the number highway deaths at 32,788 in 2010, down from 33,808 in 2009.

NHTSA officials expect crash-avoidance technology to further reduce the amount of car accident fatalities in the United States. Car crashes are still abundant however. There were 5,505,00 crashes in 2009 and car accidents are still the leading cause of death for Americans ages 3-34, Ward's Auto reports.

NHTSA officials are also concerned about the new generation of teen drivers who are growing up with mobile devices such as smart phones. The use of a mobile device to text or browse the internet while driving can cause serious car accidents and lead to severe personal industries. The NHTSA hopes that partnerships with business leaders will be the first step in solving the distracted driving dangers presented by new technology.

"We have challenged the auto industry and the cell-phone industry to work collaboratively with us to keep the driver focus on their required task - driving - and to keep them safe," one official said.

The official also noted that another challenge in decreasing the number of car accident fatalities is improving driver behavior. Most crashes occur due to bad driving behavior such as drunk driving and distracted driving so technology improvements and new laws can only have a limited effect at preventing accidents.

"We cannot legislate away risk," the official said.

Source: Ward's Auto, "NHTSA to Report Decline in U.S. Highway Fatalities," Herb Shuldiner, 5/4/11

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Bart Durham Injury Law

You Deserve To Be Paid For What You've Gone Through

Our attorneys have more than 75 years of experience helping people like you.

Results For Our Clients

  • $3 Million Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1 Million Judgment - Passenger Hit By A Drunk Driver
  • $1,450,000 Settlement - Passenger Hit By A Truck
More Client Results

Testimonials

  • "All of the staff members at Bart Durham Injury Law are very friendly and great to work with. They have open lines of communication with their clients, and respond in a timely manner. I trust them with my legal matters, and would advise anyone else in need of a lawyer to contact them first." - Julia Batson
  • "Bart Durham has a great team of people who are quick to respond and quick to help. The first time I met with them, they were kind and welcoming, and really listened to what I had to say. After my accident, I wasn't sure what to do, or how to get started. They took me through the process step by step, and got me the help I needed to continue on with my life. This is a friendly team with a dedication to helping people, and I'm so thankful for them!!" - Kara Davidson
More Testimonials