U.S. Highway Death Rate Drops To Record Low
by KBB.com Editors | October 27, 2008 12:50 PM
The fatality rate on U.S. roads and highways in 2007 was the lowest on record, says the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2007, there were 1.37 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. The total number of traffic fatalities was 41,059, the lowest number since 1994. Fatalities involving a legally intoxicated driver or motorcycle rider dropped 3.7 percent to 12,998. Some 2.5 million people were injured in highway crashes last year, but that was the lowest seen since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting injury data in 1988. The states with significant reductions in traffic deaths included California (266 fewer deaths), Arizona (227 fewer) and Texas (168 fewer). A dark area was the number motorcycle riders and passengers killed, as motorcycle fatalities accounted for 13 percent of all fatalities, and the number of motorcyclists dying in traffic accidents increased 6.6 percent over 2006. Also, the number of pedestrians injured increased 15 percent, though those killed dropped three percent.