NHTSA Reports 314 Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Accident Deaths in 2010

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published its 2010 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and our Boston injury lawyers are pleased to report that the latest figures show that last year saw a drop in Massachusetts motor vehicle crash deaths. There were 314 traffic fatalities in the state in 2010, which is a 26% dip from the 340 deaths in 2009.

Federal traffic safety officials announced that 32,885 US traffic deaths for 2010, this is the lowest number of motor vehicle fatalities that the country has seen in a year since 1949. This record-breaking low happened even as motorists traveled almost 46 billion more miles than in 2009. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is crediting “our safety agency and partner organizations” for their efforts.

There was, however, a 1.2% increase in the number of US motor vehicle crash injuries that occurred. Nationally, 2,243,000 people were hurt in traffic accidents in 2010, which is slightly more than the 2,217,000 motor vehicle crash injury victims from 2009.

The federal government also released its findings from a survey that reported an increase in the number of people who text and drive at the same time despite the growing awareness that this is dangerous. Young people are especially prone to texting while driving.

More than 6,000 drivers participated in the survey. Per its results, at any given moment in 2010, nearly 1 out of ever 100 drivers was emailing, texting, surfing the Internet, or doing something else on a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle-that’s a 50% jump from the year before. A few of survey’s other findings:

• Both women and men are just as likely to make or take cell phone calls, text, or read email while driving.
• Drivers under age 25 are 2-3 times more likely to text or email than older drivers.
• Aside from poor weather conditions, traffic jams, or a fast traffic pace, most drivers found there were few situations during which they wouldn’t text and drive.

The NHTSA says there were 3,092 distracted driving deaths in 2010.

Gov’t survey of drivers finds 2 in 10 texting, Bloomberg Businessweek/AP, December 8, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Lowest Level Of Annual Traffic Fatalities In More Than Six Decades, NHTSA, December 8, 2011
2010: Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview, December 2011 (PDF)

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Motorists Encouraged to Remain in Vehicles After an Accident Following Multiple Massachusetts Highway Fatalities, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, November 30, 2011
Man in Wheelchair Killed on Busy Street in Brockton, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, October 28, 2011
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Consider Whether Drunken Driver Acquittal Rate is Too High, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, October 31, 2011
Our Boston motor vehicle crash lawyers represent clients injured in all kinds of traffic accidents: car crashes, bicycle collisions, pedestrian accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, and bus accidents where serious injuries or deaths occurred.

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