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Understanding what’s behind the decline in traffic fatalities

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2019 | Car Accidents

Pennsylvania residents may be surprised to learn that 2018 marked the second consecutive year where traffic fatalities were fewer than the years before them. There was a 2.4% drop in traffic fatalities in 2018. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contributes the 2.4% drop in traffic fatalities in part to advances in automobile technology. Newer vehicles are equipped with sensors that alert drivers to potential dangers, which may give drivers a chance to avoid the danger.

It seems like 2019 is following the same trend. The first six months of the year have seen 3.4% fewer fatalities than the previous year at the same time. Many see this as good news, but there is still a feeling among experts that there are too many preventable fatalities on the road. More than 36,500 people died on U.S. roads in 2018.

The declines that were seen in 2017 and 2018 came after two years of increased traffic fatalities. Many feel that these increased traffic fatalities were the result of the economic boom that started around 2015.

While traffic fatalities have been down over the past two years, it is sobering to note that pedestrian deaths have risen by 3.4% and bicycle deaths have risen by 6.3%. Additionally, there has been a 1% increase in people killed by large trucks. Consumer Reports says that the 6,283 pedestrian deaths in 2018 marked the highest total in 28 years.

Many pedestrian and bicycle deaths occurred after dark. It seems that some of the pedestrians and bicyclists had alcohol in their system, which may have played a role in the accidents.

When a person is a victim of an automobile accident, they are concerned about their physical well-being and their financial well-being. A personal injury attorney may be able to work with their client and help them determine the facts of the case. They may be able to represent their client in negotiations and in court if necessary.