Car Accidents in Boca Raton and Elsewhere Still High: New Statistics Released by NHTSA

Nearly 2,500 people died in car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere. Florida had the third highest number of traffic fatalities behind California and Texas and still remains number one most dangerous state for pedestrian fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just released the new 2010 report on crash statistics. Although the Administration points out that 2010 recorded the lowest number of fatalities since 1949, we still have far to go to ensure road safety. While the number of fatalities among some accident victims did in fact decrease, fatalities among bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists increased significantly.

Our Boca Raton accident attorneys understand that the overall 2010 fatality numbers were lower than the numbers of 2009. But traffic accident fatalities started to increase during the last part of the year. As the economy recovers, more residents are expected to travel and accident risks are expected to increase even more. In 2010, about 33,000 people died on U.S. roadways.

“While we have more work to do to continue to protect American motorists, these numbers show we’re making historic progress when it comes to improving safety on our nation’s roadways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The NHTSA is working diligently to be able to better track all types of traffic accidents. To do so, the Administration created both the “distraction-affected crashes” and the “alcohol-related crashes” measure. Distraction-related accidents are increasing significantly with the advances in technology. These types of accidents accounted for about a third of all fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. Despite all of the advances of laws regulating drunk driving, alcohol-related accidents are still prevalent on our roadways, too. Drivers are reminded that the most beneficial way to prevent fatal accidents on roadways across the country is through driver awareness. Responsible and cautious drivers help to decrease the risks of serious accidents.

Key Findings of the 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Report from the NHTSA:

-There were nearly 33,000 fatalities and another 2.5 million injuries resulting from car accidents in the U.S.

-While the rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled decreased by less than 5 percent, the injury rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled increased by 2 percent.

-Alcohol-related accidents accounted for 31 percent of all fatal accidents.

-More than 50 percent of the people killed in traffic accidents were not properly restrained at the time of the accident.

-The number of fatal accidents in rural areas decreased, while the number or urban-area fatal accidents increased.

-Fatalities among motorcyclists over the age of 50 increased, while the number of fatalities among motorcyclists younger than 50 actually decreased. Overall, the number of motorcycle fatalities increased.

-Twenty states experienced increases in the number of traffic fatalities.

-The number of traffic fatalities in Florida decreased by less than 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.