Traffic Fatalities going down

The good news is that the number of fatalities (deaths) from motor vehicle accidents continues to go down in the United States. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for injuries.

The following table shows that in 2011, as compared to 1971, there were 1/3 less fatalities in the country although there were 1/3 more people driving and they drove almost three times as many miles.

  DEATHS POPULATION MILES TRAVELED
1971 52,542 207,660,677 1,178 billion
1981 49,301 229,465,714 1,552 billion
1991 41,508 252,153,092 2,172 billion
2001 42,196 285,226,284 2,797 billion
2011 32,367 311,591,917 2,946 billion

These statistics are encouraging. Credit should be given to our car manufacturers and designers, roadway and signage contractors and many others. Far, far too many people die on our highways, of course, but at least we are moving in the right direction and I hope we continue to do so. Unfortunately, the injury trend lines are not showing this kind of improvement.

If you or a loved one are seriously injured in an accident you should seek professional representation from an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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