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AIA Analysis Shows Accident-Related Injuries, Fatalities Down Substantially

A recent analysis of the latest government data by the American Insurance Association (AIA) shows that auto and traffic safety efforts over the past forty...
September 9, 2009

A recent analysis of the latest government data by the American Insurance Association (AIA) shows that auto and traffic safety efforts over the past forty years have significantly reduced the number of accident-related injuries and fatalities.

Recently released federal highway data shows a continuing drop in motor vehicle fatality rates over the 40-year period from 1968 to 2008, as well as a decline in the motor vehicle traffic injury rate despite an increase in vehicle miles traveled. For example, Americans drove close to one trillion miles in 1968, compared to nearly 3 trillion in 2008. Over those four decades, the motor vehicle traffic fatality rate dropped from 5.19 deaths per-100 million vehicles miles traveled in 1968 to a record-low 1.27 deaths per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2008. Additionally, over the past 20 years the injury rate has dropped from 169 injuries per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 1988 to 80 injuries per-100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2008.

"This study demonstrates that traffic safety efforts of the past four decades have achieved a high degree of success," said PIA National President-elect Jon Spalding. "PIA along with the entire insurance industry has always been a strong advocate for safety measures to protect people on our nation's roads. While these statistics are encouraging, people should not become complacent. Measures such as always wearing safety belts, properly maintaining vehicles and not using cell phones or hand-held devices while driving will only continue to work as long as people continue to practice them."  A copy of AIA's analysis is available here.

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