For the third year in a row, there have been more than 40,000 traffic deaths throughout the United States. Although this number is startlingly high, there has been a slight downward trend over the past two years.

In 2017, the traffic death toll of 40,231 decreased by slightly less than 1% compared to 2016’s count of 40,327. The National Safety Council reports that 2018 is down another 1% with an estimated 40,000 traffic fatalities.

Annual Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates - NSC

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths began dropping in 2008 and reached their lowest point in six decades in 2011 at 32,000. Experts suggest that this low point was a result of the recession, and as the economy started to bounce back, so did the number of cars on the road. Not only were American adults driving more, but so were the unexperienced teens. Additionally, more people were engaging in riskier behavior such as going out on weekends and taking lengthier road trips to new places.

Looking forward, this downward trend may continue as automotive safety technology advances and becomes more widespread. Car manufacturers are building sturdier structures, airbags are becoming more effective, and other safety features are ensuring that drivers and passengers alike are being kept safe. In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of new car models adding crash avoidance features. These new safety components will help warn motorists of a potential crash, or automatically slow down the vehicle.

Regardless of the minor downward trend, 40,000 traffic deaths on U.S. roads is still a major concern. These numbers should remind people to slow down, buckle their seat belts, and drive defensively.

Have you recently been in a car accident that was someone else’s fault? After more than 25 years representing injury victims in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents, the experienced team of professional accident attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley have seen the consequences of negligence first-hand. If you have sustained injuries because of a car wreck which was not your fault, contact us now for a free and confidential case review. Fill out our form online, or call 214-526-7900, and we will get you on the road to recovery.

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