As a result of all auto accidents in 2010, 32,999 people killed, 3.9 million were injured, and 24 million vehicles were
damaged. Intersection crashes represented 26% of all fatalities and approximately 55% of all nonfatal crashes, while interstate highway crashes represented 13% of all fatalities and about 8% of all nonfatal crashes. Single-vehicle accidents resulted in 58% of all fatalities and about 20% of all nonfatal crashes. Although motorcycles accounted for only 0.6% of all vehicle miles traveled in 2010, motor cycle accidents accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities and 3% of all police-reported injuries.
The study also shows the positive impact of passenger car occupants wearing safety restraints. Seatbelts prevented $69 billion in medical care, lost productivity and other injury related costs. However, preventable fatalities and injuries to non-restrained automobile occupants accounted for 5% ($14 billion) of the total economic loss and 8% ($72 billion) of the overall societal harm resulting from auto crashes.
For the full Law & Safety Brief article published in the Greater Ashland Beacon, visit www.ashlandbeacon.com. If you would like more information regarding the NHTSA's recent study, or to view the full report, go to www.nhtsa.gov.
Posted by Andrew Wheeler