Drop in Traffic Fatalities in 2013

scratch%20and%20dent.jpgTraffic accident fatalities across the country dropped in 2013, compared to the previous year. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of highway traffic accident fatalities across the country dropped to from 33,782 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013. That was a decrease of more than 1,000 deaths, much of that driven by a drop in the number of motorcycle fatalities and drunk driving deaths. Although that is encouraging news, the fact that 32,719 lives were lost in accidents is a tragedy. While a significant decrease, the number of deaths are still far too high.

Over the past decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported significant declines in traffic accident fatalities, boosted by dramatic drops in the number of people killed in alcohol-related car accidents and motorcycle wrecks. That trend continued this year. In 2013, 10,076 fatalities were linked to driving under the influence of alcohol. That was a drop from 10,336 drunk driving accident fatalities reported in 2012. The most significant progress that was made in 2013 was in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities.

Contrary to the national trend, Indiana experienced a slight increase in traffic accident deaths…

In 2013, Indiana reported 783 traffic accident fatalities, compared to a figure of 781 in 2012. This increase was in spite of a significant drop in the number of alcohol-related traffic accident fatalities. In 2013, 198 lives were lost in alcohol-related car accidents, compared to 230 fatalities the previous year. There were also significant declines in the number of passenger vehicle occupants killed in rollover accidents. Those dropped by 7.3% in 2013, and by 12% in the case of SUV rollovers.
The number of passenger vehicle occupants killed in accidents in 2013 was the lowest on record.

Of special notice, the report sites that as many as a quarter of all alcohol-impaired motorists in fatal accidents in 2013 were driving with a suspended license for alcohol-related offenses. This statistic alone indicates that there is a clear need for more stringent crackdowns and prosecutions of motorists who drive with suspended licenses after a DUI conviction.

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you could be eligible for compensation for losses, including medical costs, lost income, and other damages. Speak to a car accident lawyer in Indiana. Call 888-599-2640 to speak with an attorney at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson Kennedy, LLP. Call us today.