NHTSA Reports: Motor Vehicle Fatalities and Injuries Decline in 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its report as to 2013 motor vehicle crashes, the most recent year for which complete data is available. Analyzing crash data from that year, the NHTSA found that motor vehicle fatalities, which spiked in 2012, are once again, fortunately, on the decline that had started seven years prior. A total of 32,719 people died in roadway crashes during 2013, a figure that is down from 33,782 in 2012. The number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents decreased as well, falling from 2.4 million to 2.3 million injured people.
Fatalities and injuries declined among multiple segments of the population, including passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians, young drivers, large truck drivers, and alcohol impaired driving deaths. One of the most notable declines was noticed for motorcyclists. The number of motorcycle fatalities deceased by six percent from 2012, equating to 318 saved motorcyclist lives.
Although fatalities and injuries deceased in 2013, the total number of crashes was actually higher. There was a three percent increase in accidents that resulted in no injuries and solely property damage. This could indicate the effectiveness of increasingly safe vehicles or the improved use of seatbelts. Data also shows that among those killed in 2013 motor vehicle accidents, nearly half or 49 percent were not wearing safety belts.
How to Decrease Your Risk of Being Involved in a Car Accident
While this data represents a positive downward trend in the number of car accident fatalities and injuries each year, there are still steps, among others, you can take to protect yourself from being involved in a car accident.
- Drive defensively: Keep your eyes scanning the area ahead of you. Be vigilant and look for any signs that cars around may behave in an unsafe manner, including sudden lane changes or stops. Closely scanning ahead for problems will allow you to react in time to avoid an accident.
- Beware of blind spots: Adjust your side mirrors and rearview mirrors appropriately, but do not solely rely upon them. Turn to look in the lanes beside you before turning or merging so that you do not hit a vehicle or motorcyclist in your blind spot.
- Avoid distractions: Stow your cell phone in a location where you will not be tempted to use it and pay full attention to the task of driving so that you arrive at your destination safely.
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http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812101.pdf (downloads PDF report)