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NHTSA Reports Decrease in Traffic Fatalities

TruckingInfo.com reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released their early estimate of traffic fatalities in 2011. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that as of press time, the number of highway deaths in the United States is on track to be at its lowest on record.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2011 statistical projection of traffic fatalities reveals that an estimated 32,310 individuals died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. However, this number is a significant decline of almost 1.7 percent compared to the 32,885 fatalities that transpired in 2010. Additionally, fatalities in 2011 declined slightly in the first and fourth quarters (ranging from 0.1 percent to 0.7 percent) all the while significantly declining in the second and third quarters (ranging from 2.5 percent to 3.2 percent) when compared to their respective quarters in 2010.

Our Chicago truck accident lawyers learned that traffic fatalities have been progressively declining the past 5 years since reaching a “near-term peak” in 2005 when traffic fatalities decreased by about 26 percent from 2005 to 2011. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s projections hold true, it will be the lowest number of fatalities recorded since 1949. Additional statistics provided by the Federal Highway Administration reveal that vehicle miles traveled in 2011 substantially decreased by about 35.7 billion miles – or around a 1.2 percent decrease – which may be the reasoning behind the considerable decline in traffic fatalities.

In order to continue trends in decreasing traffic fatalities, each Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm encourages drivers of all types of motor vehicles to exercise extreme caution during motor vehicle operation in order to avoid potentially life-threatening motor vehicle collisions. Our accident attorneys encourage drivers to adhere to the following safety tips – provided by ShareTheRoadSafely.org:

Never Cut in Front of Another Vehicle – Many vehicles, especially trucks and buses, take substantially longer to stop. Forcing a large commercial vehicle to stop too quickly may result in a motor vehicle collision resulting in personal injury or premature fatality.
Always Wear a Safety Belt – Seat Belts have continued provide the most significant amount of protection to motor vehicle drivers in the event of a collision.
Avoid Blind Spots – Always avoid a motor vehicle’s blind spots, especially large commercial trucks. Often times drivers are unable to see you if you can’t see their mirrors.
Avoid Driver Distractions – Dangerous situations are often created when a driver engages in distracting behavior, such as: cell phone use or texting, eating, or even messing with a car’s music system. Always focus on the road in order to save the life of you, your passengers, as well as, surrounding vehicles.