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NHSTA: Traffic Fatalities on the Decline

Car and truck accidents can cause serious injury, long-term disability, and even death. Being injured in such an accident can entitle a person or their family to substantial compensation. When a person loses his or her life as the result of another’s negligence, the surviving family members of the decedent may be entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf.

In 2012, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration issued a revised Traffic Safety Facts Research Note that provided an overview of motor vehicle crash statistics from 2010. According to the document,32,885 people in the United States died in car accidents, which was the lowest number since 1949. This figure represents a 2.9% decline from the number of fatalities in 2009. In addition, an estimated 2.24 million people were injured in auto accidents, a slight increase from the previous year, in which 2.22 million were injured. Georgia was part of the overall decline, having 1,292 traffic fatalities in 2009 compared with 1,244 in 2010. The reduction of 48 car accident related fatalities was a 3.7% decrease.

Some of the highlights from the report include:

  • 86% of the decline of the total decline in traffic fatalities could be seen in nighttime crashes. In other words, of the 998 fewer traffic fatalities, there were 857 fewer at night.
  • 78 percent in the overall decline in fatalities occurred from a decline in weekend fatalities.
  • Motorcyclist fatalities for riders over 50 increased by 119, while for riders under 50 fatalities declined by 84.
  • In regard to overall fatalities, those over 55 years old increased by 409, while for people under 55 fatalities decreased by 1,391.
  • 117 fewer children under 16 were killed in 2010 than in 2009, representing a 7.6 percent decline.
  • In the past five year period, the age group for which fatalities declined the most rapidly were young drivers, 16-20 years old. The fatalities for this group declined at 39 percent as opposed to a 23 percent for overall fatalities.

Contact a Coweta County wrongful death attorney for a free consultation

While car accident fatalities are declining overall, they still occur too often and with tragic consequences. If you have lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experience Coweta county wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free initial consultation with a Atlanta wrongful death lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today by calling (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia