The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released a statistical summary of traffic safety for the year 2007. According to the report, more than 41,000 Americans were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2007 and more than 2.49 million people were injured.
The good news is that the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents has decreased by 10% in Washington State where there were 568 fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2007 compared with 633 accidents in 2006.
The bad news is that the number of motorcycle accident fatalities continues to rise. Motorcycle accident fatalities across the States account for 13% of the total fatalities and went up 17% over all.
Fatalities caused by a drunk driver decreased by 3.7% with 13,000 deaths attributed to someone driving under the influence.
The report notes that, in the United States, there were 4,654 pedestrians killed in 2007 and 698 bicyclists were killed.
Trucking accident fatalities remained about the same from the previous year.
Traffic injuries and death may be down because Americans are driving less with gas prices being so high. The concern is that, as more people ride bicycles and motorcycles to avoid high gas prices, accidents and fatalities in this group may continue to rise.
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