The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that traffic deaths in 2010 in the country fell to 32,788, the lowest number ever recorded, according to a story in USA Today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began keeping highway fatality deaths in 1949. The death rate of 1.09 per 100 million miles in 2010 is also the lowest on record. Compared to 2005, when 43,510 deaths were recorded, the latest figure represents a 25 percent drop in traffic fatalities. All of this is happening at a time when Americans are driving more than ever. So what is contributing to safer roads?
More attention is being paid to drunk driving. States have more check points and education efforts appear to be working. More people are wearing seat belts, the most effective safety device in an automobile. There is more enforcement of traffic safety laws, reports the NHTSA.
Florida is part of the five states in Region 4 which had a drop of 3 percent in traffic fatalities from 6,573 deaths in 2009 to 6,375 fatalities in 2010.
Region 1; which encompasses Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island; had the largest drop of 17.7 percent or 1,157 deaths. Region 2; which includes New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; had the lowest decline of 2.4 percent or 3,067 deaths.
The Farah & Farah law firm applauds these numbers. For more than 30 years, safety advocates have been calling for additional safety features to be added to vehicles including seat belts, air bags, stronger roofs, and a lower center of gravity to reduce rollover accidents. Citizen groups have also been calling for increased crackdown on drunk driving and improved child safety seats and enforcement. Too often the auto industry has resisted change because of the cost. The industry does a cost-risk analysis and finds it is cheaper to settle accident or death cases than to improve safety. So while things are improving, there is still more to do.
If you have been injured in an accident with a negligent driver, you may be able to hold the at-fault party responsible for the costs associated with your injuries. Don’t try to go it alone. The Florida car accident lawyers at Farah & Farah offer complimentary consultations. Call us at 1-800-533-3555.