A recent preliminary report by National Safety Council indicated that passenger vehicle deaths for January – November, 2010 are down 4% when compared to last year.
Though this is a positive sign, our Carolinia auto accident attorneys know those numbers are likely to begin to increase again with a recovering economy. And the cost of serious and fatal car accidents continues to rise. The NSC estimated the cost for January – November 2010 to be $216.5 billion for motor vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage.
This includes medical expenses, property damage, wage and productivity losses, employer costs, and administrative expenses.
The NSC reported during the first 11 months of 2010, there were an estimated 31,740 motor vehicle deaths in the United States. This number down 4% from the 2009, when 33,180 deaths were reported. This is a 13% decline from 2008 motor vehicle deaths reported during the months of January – November.
North Carolina did not report a decrease in motor vehicle deaths from 2009. In fact, the state reported 1,188 motor vehicle deaths from January – November 2010, which was the same number recorded in 2009 during the same time period. Even though there wasn’t a decrease from 2009 to 2010, there was a reported 8% decrease when compared to 2008 (1,285 reported deaths).
South Carolina, reported a noteworthy decrease in motor vehicle deaths during the first 11 months of 2009 to 2010. Down 12%, there were 822 reported in 2009 and 720 deaths reported in 2010 according to the NSC. There was only a 1% decrease from 2008 to 2009.
From 1999 – 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a trend that most would think illogical. Passenger vehicle registrations increased over the 10 year period but occupant fatalities and fatality rate decreased at the same time.
In 1999, there were 32,127 occupant fatalities. In 2008, the NHTSA reported 25,351 occupant fatalities. The fatality rate per 100,000 registered vehicles in 2008 was 16.06 as opposed to 10.57 in 2008. This is almost unfathomable considering vehicle registrations went from 200,012,521 in 1999 up to 239,890,985 in 2008.
Carolina motorists have a major concern about absorbing the high costs involved in motor vehicle accidents. Representation is critical when it comes to covering the costs of motor vehicle accidents and that is one factor that won’t change even as the economy begins to recover.
The Law Offices of Lee & Smith represent much of North and South Carolina. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Carolina motor vehicle accident call 1-800-887-1965 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.