Transport Topics Online  
The Newspaper of Trucking and Freight Transportation
Welcome  Guest  Log In         
8/14/2014 8:55:00 AM Write a Letter to the Editor Write a letter to the Editor

Traffic Deaths Drop 4% in First 6 Months, National Safety Council Estimates


About 16,180 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first six months of 2014, a 4% decline from the same period last year, the National Safety Council said.

The figure is 9% lower than 2012’s fatality count for the first six months, NSC said. Reasons for the decline are unknown.

“Studies show that 90% of crashes involve driver error, including speeding, alcohol use and distractions,” NSC President Deborah Hersman said in a statement.

“Although it’s encouraging to see a decrease in fatalities, the unfortunate fact remains that many of these crashes could have been prevented,” she added.

In addition to the drop in fatalities, NSC estimated a 3% decline in the cost of motor vehicle deaths, injury and property damage from January to June to $123 billion.

Motor vehicle deaths declined the most in Vermont, dropping 32% from the same period last year and jumped 40% in South Dakota and 39% in Wyoming.

NSC estimates crash statistics using data gathered monthly from state law enforcement agencies. It does not separate truck-involved crashes.

By Transport Topics

Follow Transport Topics on Subscribe to get up to the minute news briefs and more from our feeds. RSS Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook

© 2014, Transport Topics, American Trucking Associations Inc.
Reproduction, redistribution, display or rebroadcast by any means without written permission is prohibited.



Follow Us


This free daily newsletter delivers the latest headlines.

TT Executive Suite
This subscriber-only newsletter program tailors your news.



© American Trucking Associations, Inc., All Rights Reserved Privacy Statement