Nearly 33,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in the United States throughout 2010. While this number is both a decrease from 2009 and the lowest recorded number since 1949. However, fatal car accidents in Alabama increased from 2009 to 2010 with more than 860 people killed on our roadways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently put out the 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview, which is the most recent car accident statistics available.
While the number of roadway fatalities decreased, the number of injuries actually saw a significant increase. There were many categories of accidents that reported an increase in the number of fatalities as well, including fatalities among pedestrians, motorcyclists, van occupants, bicyclists and large truck occupants.
Our Montgomery car accident attorneys understand that the new, lower number of fatalities may be good news for many. But the fact that the number of fatalities started to increase during the last part of 2010 alarms others. As the economy continues to recover, travel experts predict that more motorists will be hitting our roadways. With more motorists on the roadway we can expect to experience increased risks for an accident. This is especially important as we enter the holiday season. Residents and visitors use this time to travel about the state to visit with friends and family members, that’s why we typically see a significant increase in the number of serious traffic accidents in the month of December.
The NHTSA recently introduced two new measures to keep better count of the more common causes for accidents on our roadways, the “alcohol-impaired driving crashes” measure and the “distraction-affected crashes” measure. Alcohol-related accidents accounted for about a third of all traffic accident fatalities in the country during 2010. This new alcohol-related measure allows officials to categorize accidents with a more narrow definition of the term including only those crashes in which a motorist reported a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or above, the legal limit throughout the country.
Distraction-related accidents are also growing more common on our roadways. According to the most recent statistics, there were about 3,100 people killed in traffic accidents because of a distracted driver in 2010.
“The findings from our new attitude survey help us understand why some people continue to make bad decisions about driving distracted–but what’s clear from all of the information we have is that driver distraction continues to be a major problem,” said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator.
Accident types that produced an increase in fatalities in 2010:
-Accidents in urban areas.
-Large truck accidents.
-Accidents in Alabama.
-Twenty states, including Alabama, reported an increase in the total number of fatalities from 2009 to 2010.
If you, someone in your family or a loved one has been involved in a traffic accident in Montgomery or elsewhere throughout the state, contact the personal injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.
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