NHTSA Data Reveals Increase in Motorcycle Accident Fatalities
According to a new analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, which represents a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year. This total marks the lowest level since 1949 and represents a 26 percent decline in traffic accident-related fatalities since 2005. The federal agency also found that the 2011 fatality rate was the lowest on record at 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Overall, Americans drove fewer miles in 2011 than 2010, which may be a factor in the decline.
However, while fatalities declined by 4.6 percent for occupants of light trucks, such as SUVs and minivans, as well as cars, fatalities increased among other passenger vehicles. Accident-related deaths increased for motorcyclists, in addition to pedestrians, large truck occupants, and pedalcyclists. Though there was a significant reduction in the number of persons injured and fatalities, the increase in fatalities for other vehicles may serve as a reality check for those celebrating safety improvements.
The administrator for the NHTSA states that even as the progress that has been made in recent years is being celebrated, “we must remain focused on addressing the safety issues that are continuing to claim more than 30,000 lives each year.”
Until motorcycle enthusiasts and motorists on the road are cautious and practice safety at all times, accidents may be an unavoidable part of riding. If you are injured in an accident caused by the reckless actions of another driver, contact a motorcycle accident attorney at The King Law Firm, P.C. With years of experience aiding injured motorcycle riders, we have the knowledge needed to obtain winning results in your case. Call (512) 514-6633 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.