The Traffic Safety Problem



 



 




NHTSA reported these numbers for 2006 for the United States:

TRAFFIC CRASH VICTIMS
 
Killed
Injured
Drivers
22,830
1,666,000
Passengers
9,156
709,000
Unknown
106
Motorcycle Riders
4,810
88,000
Pedestrians
4,784
61,000
Pedalcyclists
773
44,000
Other/Unknown
183
7,000
Total
42,642
2,575,000


That translates to killing (42,642) the entire population of San Marcos, Texas, or injuring (2,575,000) the entire population of San Antonio TWICE.

That is the bad news. The good news is that better educated and safety-conscious Americans can save lives and reduce the economic loss. Traffic collisions take an enormous toll in both human suffering and property damage, but it is something that can be changed.

Pretty bleak statistics, but according to NHTSA there was a slight downward trend in 2006. Although, 42,642 people lost their lives that year in motor vehicle crashes, it was a decrease of 2% from 2005. A good reduction. Some of this improvement is likely due to better vehicle safety devices (airbags, seat belts, etc.), but better informed drivers must also have played a part in the reduction.

 

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