As a whole, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities in traffic collisions are down 1%. There was a total of 36,750 people that were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2018. In 2017, there were a total of 37,133 killed in auto accidents. This decrease only accounts for drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists. When considered from a statistical viewpoint, the percentage of fatal accidents per 100 million miles traveled dropped from 1.16 in 2017 to 1.14 in 2018. While these statistics are encouraging, CNN reports that the number of traffic fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists has risen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, last year saw a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities. This is the second year in which such a decline was seen.
The report indicates that these decreases may be due in part due to better technology available in cars. This includes safety features such as seat belts, airbags, electronic stability control, and emergency braking systems.
Unfortunately, the numbers surrounding pedestrian and cyclist deaths, which have both risen since 2017.
208 more pedestrians were killed in 2018 than in the previous year. This represents an increase of 3.4%. Cyclists saw an increase in fatalities of 6.3%, with 51 more fatalities than in 2017.
In 2018 the Governors Highway Safety Association declared that year the deadliest on record in the previous three decades.
The report went on to state that it is after dark that the most fatalities and cyclists occur. 76% of pedestrians and 50% of cyclists that were killed in accidents after dark.
One solution to this issue is to have better lighting and to reduce speed limits.
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