Our car accident attorneys in North Carolina agree that the economy has had a huge impact on the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the United States the last few years.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is boasting that the country reached the lowest level of reported motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2010 in over 60 years. The number of miles driven was up significantly at 21 billion miles but the number of traffic fatalities in 2010 dropped 3%.
What they are failing to emphasize is that reported fatalities for the fourth quarter of 2010 were up from the previous fourth quarter of 2009 by almost 2%.
The reduction of car accidents in Charlotte, Asheville, Statesville and throughout North Carolina is not congruent with the rest of the country. We posted previously on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog that the National Safety Council reported only 4 fewer deaths in motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina for 2010 than the 1,279 reported in 2009.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the region with the biggest decline was the Pacific Northwest which reported a 12% drop. The two regions that include North and South Carolina revealed a minimal decrease of 4.7% and 3% respectively.
The government wants to take credit for the decline in motor vehicle traffic fatalities based on all the safety initiatives and state laws that have been put in place across the country.
"The decrease in traffic fatalities is a good sign, but we are always working to save lives," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "NHTSA will continue pressing forward on all of our safety initiatives to make sure our roads are as safe as they can possibly be."
By this he means the government, with the help of safety advocates, have put into motion national anti-distracted driving campaigns, drunk driving campaigns, seat belt use campaigns and the launch of Distraction.gov which is a public awareness website about distracted driving.
The government has also made a push to improve vehicle safety by requiring the automaking industry report safety defects immediately to the consumers who buy their vehicles. The government credits technology such as electronic stability control, and warning systems like lane departure and forward collision, for the improvement of driver and passenger safety.
The government can take credit, if they must, but in the end it is motorists who are in control of maintaining driver and passenger safety. Driving responsibly and abiding by the laws in place are the best ways to keep North Carolina roadways safe for you and other motorists.