STATEN ISLAND, New York — SILIVE.com published a report based on recent findings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggesting that fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents dropped by one percent from 2017 to 2018. The figures relied upon by the NHTSA are preliminary statistics and not the final numbers from all 50 states. The NHTSA reported the statistics as a preliminary finding. The NHTSA uses several metrics to compare year-to-year statistics. One of the relevant statistics the NHTSA uses for comparison is the miles per year traveled metric. The preliminary numbers show that the number of deaths is down overall and when compared to total miles traveled in 2018.
The preliminary statistics demonstrate that travel by motor vehicle is becoming incrementally safer. Notwithstanding a positive trend in motor vehicle deaths, which encompass deaths in car crashes counting both the driver and passenger as well as motorcycle accidents, 36,750 are estimated to have perished in auto accidents on American roads in 2018. By comparison, 37,133 people died in auto collisions in the U.S. in 2017, thus accounting for the one percent drop in automobile deaths according to the earliest estimates.
Another positive trend illustrated by these statistics may be found in the total number of miles traveled in the U.S. in 2018. The preliminary figures indicate that vehicles traveled 12.2 billion miles, which is an increase of 0.4 percent. Thus, the fatality rate per 100 million miles driven on U.S. roads went from 1.16 fatalities per 100 million miles in 2017 to 1.14 fatalities per 100 million miles in 2018.
All of the introductory statistics did not show a positive trend. Fatal accidents involving pedestrians, bicycle riders, and commercial trucks increased by as much as ten percent. The numbers will not be finalized for some time as states continue to receive information and update data as it becomes available. The NHTSA did not attribute the lower number of fatalities to any one reason.
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