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Auto Fatality Rate Hits Historic Low In 2014, But Early Stats On 2015 Are Sobering

Auto Fatality Rate Hits Historic Low In 2014, But Early Stats On 2015 Are Sobering

We've got good news and bad news for auto safety advocates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released official fatality statistics for 2014 (that's the good part), and the agency has also unveiled preliminary data from 2015 (that's the bad). Let's start with the good news. In... read more

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Percentage Change in Estimated Fatalities in 2014 From Reported 2013 Fatality Counts by NHTSA Region

2014 Traffic Fatalities: Lower Number of Deaths, Lowest Fatality Rate On Record

Though final stats on traffic fatalities for 2014 won't be available until later this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already issued a... read more June 8, 2015 by 

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U.S. Road Deaths Are Falling, But Here's Where They're On The Rise

Yes, we’re getting safer, and road deaths are falling (slightly), both in the U.S. and over a broad group of countries that are working together to improve safety. Yet... read more May 29, 2015 by 

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Alcohol-Sniffing Ignition Interlocks Could Save Nearly $23 Billion & 4,000 Deaths Per Year

For years, elected officials and federal agencies have debated whether automakers should be required to equip new vehicles with alcohol ignition interlocks -- devices that... read more March 20, 2015 by 

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The Most Deadly (And Least Deadly) Cars In America

Every year, it seems like we report that traffic fatalities in America have reached another record low. Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has offered up more... read more February 6, 2015 by 

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Traffic Fatalities Fell In 2013, But There's Still Plenty Of Room For Improvement

Traffic fatalities have been on the decline for years, tumbling 25 percent in the last decade alone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 2013... read more December 22, 2014 by 

U.S. Motor-Vehicle Deaths, 2011 to 2014 (via National Safety Council)

Early Data Suggests That Traffic Fatalities Have Fallen In 2014

After years of declines, the U.S. saw an uptick in traffic fatalities in 2012. People freaked out. Thankfully, figures suggest that 2012 was an aberration, and that numbers... read more August 14, 2014 by 

HARKEN seatbelt concept fights driver fatigue (by the Biomechanics Institute of Valencia)

Can This Intelligent Seatbelt End Drowsy Driving? (Video)

The Internet of Everything: to most of us, it refers to machines we can monitor from afar, using computers and smartphones to keep tabs on our thermostats, refrigerators, and... read more July 24, 2014 by 

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The American South & Northern Plains Are Deadly For Drivers. D.C.? Not So Much

Today, U.S. traffic fatality rates hover near historic lows -- in fact, the number of deaths has fallen 23 percent over the past nine years alone. In 2012 (the most recent... read more July 16, 2014 by 

Stolen Tesla Model S splits in half, catches fire after massive crash in LA area

Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A Tesla Model S

In the early hours of July 4, Joshua Michael Flot stole a Tesla Model S from the automaker's service center in west Los Angeles, California. According to Bloomberg, he then... read more July 11, 2014 by 

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Study: Automobile Crashes Cost America $871 Billion Per Year

For years, U.S. traffic fatalities have been on the decline, thanks in no small part to car safety features like seatbelts, crumple zones, airbags, and braking assistance... read more May 30, 2014 by 

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Drunk Drivers Responsible For 20% Of Child Fatalities In Auto Accidents

Our cars have become much safer over the years, and as a result, traffic fatalities have been on the decline, reaching record lows. But you might be surprised to learn that... read more May 7, 2014 by 

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Pedestrian Deaths Dropped In 2013: What Changed?

Automotive fatalities have been on the decline in recent years, hovering near historic lows. However, some types of fatalities, like those of motorcyclists or those due to... read more March 6, 2014 by 

Countries with the highest and lowest auto fatality rates (via UMTRI)

The 10 Best & Worst Countries For Drivers

There are lots ways to die. There are also lots of people on Planet Earth tracking when and how people die. Two of those people -- Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle -- have... read more February 21, 2014 by 

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Early Estimate: 35,200 Traffic Deaths In 2013, A Drop Of 3% From 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration won't release official numbers on 2013 U.S. traffic fatalities until the end of the year, but early estimates from the... read more February 13, 2014 by 

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Are Democrats Better Drivers Than Republicans?

Last week, we published an article about the worst (and best) drivers in America. A study carried out by revealed that the worst drivers -- based... read more December 23, 2013 by 


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