According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2013, on America’s motorways 32, 719 people died in traffic accidents, but the figure is lower by more than 3% from the data recorded in 2012 and leads to an overall drop of 25% across the span of a decade.
The latest figures available signal the continuation of a long-term downward trend that has brought the crash death rate to a record low level – just 1.10 fatalities happen now per 100 million vehicle miles traveled last year. “America’s highway fatality rate,” reports Fast Lane, the official blog of the US Department of Transportation, “is at its lowest point ever. Ever.” Consequently, next to the lower crash death rate, the figure for people injured in traffic accidents has also gone down by 2% from the figures reported in 2012. Additionally, the decrease spanned across all categories: passenger vehicles, large trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The numbers were released by the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after taking them from the 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data. But David Friedman, deputy administrator of NHSTA, pointed out that around 90 people lose their life on average every day and another 250 are injured every hour – mostly because of drunk driving, not wearing a seatbelt, as well as many other factors associated with traffic accidents.