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Holiday Traffic Fatalities Expected to be Highest in Decade

NSC forecasting 421 deaths, highest since 2008.

by on Aug.30, 2017

The National Safety Council is predicting 421 will die in traffic accidents during the long Labor Day weekend.

With the Labor Day holiday coming up, Americans are expected to take to the roads in record numbers, and the National Safety Council expects that will mean the highest number of traffic fatalities in a decade during the long weekend.

The weekend begins Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 4, according to the safety group.

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The NSC estimates 421 people will be killed and another 48,400 injured seriously enough to require medical attention in car crashes during the weekend — its highest forecast since 2008. It’s also 11% higher than the average number of deaths for the holiday weekend. (more…)

Nearly 700 Deaths Expected on US Roads During Holidays

Safety advocates push for common sense while behind the wheel.

by on Dec.21, 2016

Nearly 700 people are expected to die on America's roads during Christmas and New Year's, according to a new report.

With America’s roadways expecting an influx of holiday travelers for Christmas and New Year’s, safety is top of mind with nearly 700 traffic fatalities expected to occur during the two weekends, according to a new report.

The National Safety Council estimates that 314 people will die on U.S. roads during the three-day Christmas period as well as an additional 364 deaths will happen during the three days of New Year’s.

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The council also estimates 37,200 may be seriously injured on the roads during the Christmas holiday, and another 41,900 during the New Year’s holiday. (more…)

More Americans Hopping Behind the Wheel for Holidays

More than 48 million people traveling for Thanksgiving this year.

by on Nov.22, 2016

More than 43 million Americans are expected to traverse the country's highways and byways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving often stirs up images of steaming turkeys being carried over to the table as an anxious – and likely hungry – family awaits the presentation. In fact, according to AAA, more than 48.7 million Americans will be traveling throughout the country to replicate that scene.

It’s a 1.9% increase over last year’s numbers and the highest number since 2007. The auto group predicts that many people will travel 50 miles or more from home to be with friends and family this holiday.

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“One million more Americans than last year will carve out time to visit with friends and family this Thanksgiving,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said. (more…)

Traffic Deaths Highest in Lenient States

Study shows lax states suffer with highest fatality rates.

by on Jul.19, 2016

A new study shows that there is a correlation between lenient driving laws and a high rate of driving deaths.

America’s in the midst of the 100 most dangerous days of the year for teenager drivers across the country, and a new study shows that lax driving laws directly correlate to increased traffic fatalities.

Conducted by the Auto Insurance Center, this new study shows that states with least restrictive laws related to teen driving, speed limits and other areas have the highest incident rates.

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For teenagers, Wyoming reported the highest rate of deaths for teen drivers and the state has only mild restrictions on teen drivers. However, the next two states on the list, Montana and North Dakota, have some of the least restrictive rules for teen drivers, granting them full privileges at age 16. (more…)

Worldwide Road Deaths Decline in 2014

Fatalities drop 54 percent for car occupants.

by on May.27, 2015

Despite scenes like this one, traffic fatalities around the globe are falling, according to the International Transportation Forum.

Road deaths continued falling in 2014 in many parts of the world, according to latest data compiled by the International Transport Forum, which studied data from more than two dozen countries in Europe, East Asia and the Americas as well as Australia.

Moreover, while substantial overall fatality reductions have been achieved since the year 2000, the pace of improvement for vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, is lower than for car occupants, according to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) organized by the ITF.

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While fatalities among car occupants were reduced by 54% between 2000 and 2013, decreases were only 36% for pedestrians, 35% for cyclists and 22% for motorcyclists. As a consequence in many countries, road safety priorities have recently shifted from motorized rural traffic to vulnerable road users in urban areas, the ITF noted. (more…)

U-M Study Shows Fewer People Dying on U.S. Roads

Despite driving more, better vehicles providing more safety.

by on Jul.14, 2014

A new study from the University of Michigan shows traffic fatalities are declining, even after a one-year reversal of the trend.

The efforts of automakers to make cars and trucks safer during the last decade appear to be hitting the mark as U.S. fatalities have declined nearly 23% in recent years, according to a newly released survey. The drop comes despite the fact that people are driving more than ever.

Regardless of how the results are measured, traffic deaths have declined overall in the U.S., although some states have seen better results than others. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) released a study showing that between 2005 and 2012, the number of fatalities fell 22.7%. The numbers for 2013 aren’t compiled yet.

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The leading drops, in terms of simple numbers, came from Washington D.C. (68.8%), Nevada (39.6), Mississippi (37.5), New Hampshire (34.9%) and Missouri (34.3%). The top 11 states posted drops greater than 30%, according to the UMTRI study. (more…)

U-M Study Claims U.S. Drivers More Dangerous than Europeans

More likely to die from cancer, heart disease in America.

by on Feb.20, 2014

The areas shaded in red are the most dangerous places to drive in the world based on World Health Organization data.

Most drivers in the United States believe they’re pretty good behind the wheel. And if you compare the number of deaths by car accidents with those of cancer or heart disease, they’re right.

However, once the numbers get compared to other countries around the world, U.S. drivers don’t fare quite as well, according to a recent study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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Worldwide, there is an average of 18 auto fatalities per 100,000 people. The U.S. is actually better than the average at just 14 deaths, but compared to other industrialized nations, the number’s not all that impressive. (more…)

Highway Deaths Drop to 62-Year-Low

Seatbelts, more advanced technology -- and improved emergency care all contributed.

by on Dec.10, 2012

Highway fatalities continued declining - and improved emergency care has clearly played a factor.

Traffic fatalities fell to their lowest level in more than six decades last year, according to a new analysis by federal regulators, continuing a decade-long decline – though there are some preliminary signs that the death rate may have turned back upward in 2012.

The ongoing decline appears to show the benefits of the latest advanced safety technology, like electronic stability control – some of which can “compensate for poor judgment” — as well as increased usage of simpler, time-tested devices such as seatbelts. Experts also give credit to increased enforcement, especially the crackdown on drunk driving.  Yet another factor, though, may also be the medical knowledge gained from two long wars.

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“The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public education, can really make a difference on our roadways,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues like seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction.”


Pedestrian Deaths Up – Experts Want Answers, Solutions

New regulations may follow.

by on Aug.07, 2012

Volvo's auto braking system can detect pedestrians in the road and bring the car to a quick stop.

After years of steady decline there are some disturbing signs that the downward trend in traffic fatalities may be over.  With reports already suggesting vehicle deaths were up for the first part of the year, a new study shows a sharp, 4% increase in pedestrian fatalities, as well.

The upturn in pedestrian deaths came in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, but it marks the first increase since 2005 – a point at which all motor vehicle-related fatalities began to tumble sharply.

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A total of 4,280 pedestrians were killed in vehicle-related incidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, another 70,000 injured. In 2010, pedestrian deaths accounted for 13% of all traffic fatalities.  That compared with 11% between 2002 and 2007.  That reflects both the increase in pedestrian crashes as well as the decline in overall motor vehicle fatalities.


Highway Fatalities Unexpectedly Surge

Was a warm winter to blame?

by on Jul.25, 2012

After a steady, 7-year decline, traffic deaths jumped sharply during the 1st quarter of 2012.

After a decade of sharp declines, highway fatalities increased unexpectedly during the first quarter of 2012, according to preliminary government data – and a warm winter may catch at least some of the blame.

Traffic deaths surged a substantial 13.5% for the three-month period, according to a preliminary analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  That’s a significant reversal of recent trends.  Last year, roadway fatalities fell 1.7%, to the lowest overall total in more than 60 years.  And, on a per-mile basis, it was an all-time record.

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For the first quarter of this year, NHTSA says 7,360 people were called in traffic accidents, up from 6,720 the year before.  If that figure holds it would work out to about 1.10 deaths per 100 million miles driven compared to 0.98 deaths the year before.