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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.


Texas Ready To Push the (Speed) Limits

Toll road could jump to 85 mph.

by on Jun.08, 2012

Texas may soon raise that number to 85 on a toll road near Austin.

The Texas Department of Transportation is getting to raise the speed limit on a stretch of toll road near Austin to 85 mph, which would be the fastest figure in the country and only about 1 mph below the limits set on a marked highway in Abu Dhabi.

Speed limits have generally been going up in recent years following a decision in Congress to allow states to decide what’s best, a far cry from the era when federal highway funds were tied to maintaining strict enforcement of the dread “double-nickel” 55 mph limit.

While most parts of the East have steadfastly held to 55 and even 50 on their generally crowded routes, states in the wild, wild West have eagerly been leapfrogging one another to see just how high they could go.  Nevada nudged 75 cueing Texas lawmakers last year to approve even higher limits.

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Much of the Lone Star State’s Highway 130 already are up to 80, but the law allows for 85 and Texas Department of Transportation engineers are set to conduct a formal study to see if that can be safely maintained on the stretch near Austin.  But they’ve already signaled their likelihood to give the increase a green light.


Traffic Deaths Continue to Plunge

Reach lowest level since 1949.

by on May.08, 2012

Government data reveals that while highway fatalities are declining, distracted driving deaths are up..

U.S. traffic fatalities continue to plunge, reaching their lowest level since 1949, well before the creation of the American interstate highway system.

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,310 people died in traffic accidents in 2011, a 1.7% year-over-year decline.  That marks the seventh consecutive year that the death rate has declined.

Since just 2005, traffic fatalities have fallen by more than 25% — and when measured in terms of deaths per mile driven the figure has reached its lowest level since record-keeping began in 1921, according to NHTSA.

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While federal officials declined to point to specific factors, experts suggest there are several reasons behind the sharp drop.  These include a crackdown on drunk driving – which some once linked to as many as half of all highway deaths – increased use of seatbelts and improved vehicle design complying with stricter federal safety requirements.  In just the last several years, NHTSA has mandated the installation of electronic stability control systems on all new vehicles, along with tougher roof crush standards.


Killer U.S. Interstate Highways Revealed

Florida, California and New Jersey have the most fatal crashes.

by on Jun.02, 2010

Fatal accidents instead of total fatalities were used to reach the conclusion that some highways are more deadly than others.

A study of accident data from 250 stretches of U.S. Interstate highways shows that Florida, California, New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Delaware and Tennessee are the top ten states when it comes to fatal crashes on our aging interstate highway system.

To reach this conclusion The Daily Beast looked at five years of accident data from the National Highway Safety Administration of almost 250 stretches of interstate highways to find out which roads are the most deadly, mile-for-mile.

Each interstate was broken into stretches within a single state. Fatal accidents instead of total fatalities were tallied, which was then divided by the number of miles of each state section.

It was not immediately clear if the analysis simply tracks traffic density or whether some roads along with the drivers on them are more dangerous than others. Multiple  factors are involved here, including maintenance, cell phone coverage, speed limits, drivers, vehicle age, and local enforcement policies, among others.