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U.S. Car Crash Death Rate Declines Below Suicide Rate
U.S. Car Crash Death Rate Declines Below Suicide Rate

As we've reported before, the number of traffic fatalities on U.S. roads is falling, and in 2010, the fatality rate hit a record low. In fact, Americans are now more likely to die by suicide than in a car crash. For while both causes of death have been on the decline, one is far outpacing the...Read More»

Workplace fatality data infographic from eTraining
Driving Is Dangerous -- Especially If It's Part Of Your Job

When we think about dangerous jobs, we often think of firefighting, law enforcement, construction -- jobs that can be physically demanding. But in fact, new data suggests that driving is one of the deadliest occupations, claiming more lives each year than most of the others combined. That data...Read More»

Teen driver
July 4 Is The Deadliest Day For Teen Drivers

In the U.S., traffic fatalities have reached record lows. Unfortunately, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that car crashes are still the #1 killer of Americans age 1 to 34. But wait, it gets worse: historically speaking, one of the worst days for traffic fatalities is next Wednesday...Read More»

Taxi accident
Speeding, Aggressive Driving Still Cause 1/3 Of Fatal Accidents

The good news is that traffic fatalities are on the decline -- in fact, the most recent stats are among the lowest ever recorded. The bad news? The improvement is largely due to better safety features in today's automobiles, not better driving habits. According to a report published by the...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities Dip To Lowest Level Since 1949

Auto sales are on the mend. Holiday shopping is booming. And now, there's a bit more good news: U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has just announced that traffic fatalities for 2010 reached historic lows. In fact, the U.S. hasn't seen stats like these since 1949. In all, 32,885 people died...Read More»

Salute
Auto Accidents Are The Leading Cause Of Death For Veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among veterans who have recently returned from deployment. Today, as we honor the men and women who have served in America's armed forces, it's a good time for all of us to familiarize...Read More»

Justin Bieber driving
Teen Driving Laws Mean Fewer Fatalities Now, More Fatalities Later

Teen driving laws are meant to keep young people out of potentially dangerous situations, like driving late at night or using a mobile phone behind the wheel. But a new study argues that such laws don't do much good and simply delay traffic accidents and fatalities for a couple of years. Since the...Read More»

Traffic fatalities vs. fatalities from power-plant emissions (via NY Times)
For $3 Billion, Could We End Traffic Deaths? Should We?

Traffic accidents were responsible for 32,788 deaths in the U.S. last year (not to mention $41 billion in medical costs and lost work). If we could eliminate those fatalities with new regulations that cost the private sector $3 billion, would we? Should we? Unless you're an elected official, your...Read More»

2007 Nissan 350Z
At Your Own Risk: These Vehicles Have The Highest Death Rates

It's might be hard to believe looking at safety equipment lists, or even crash-test results, but you're statistically a few hundred times more likely to die if you're behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z or Chevrolet Aveo than if you're in a Toyota Sienna or Audi A6. Looking at driver deaths per...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge
It's Official: SUVs Are Safer Than Cars (Well, Mostly)

If you drive an SUV, you know that part of their allure is the feeling of safety they provide. Even compact SUVs can seem studier than their shorter, svelter car cousins. But studies haven't supported that impression of safety with facts -- until now. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Regulators: Will Future SUVs Compromise Safety For Higher MPG?

It can be argued that through the way vehicles were forced to change in the 1970s and '80s, the federal government turned the American public on to SUVs. Now it's looking for ways to wean us off that addiction—so quickly that it might affect the improvements we've made in safety in recent...Read More»

Car accident
Traffic Fatalities At Record Lows--Though Not In All Regions

Despite having driven 21 billion additional miles in 2010, versus 2009, Americans were safer yet on the roadways. Freshly released numbers from the federal government showing highway fatalities at their lowest rate since 1949—and, technically, "the lowest level in recorded history," as the...Read More»

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Latest Data Showing SUVs Safer Than Cars

SUVs are safer, right? You probably have a coworker, or someone in the family, who's always insisted that. It wasn't always true, however. When really digging into the numbers in years past, it turned out that SUVs had a disproportionately high rate of rollover when they did crash, and that the...Read More»

Teen driving
LaHood: Distracted Driving ‘An Epidemic In America’

When looking at traffic-fatality figures, there’s some good and some bad: The good is that, as we reported last week, U.S. traffic fatalities dropped in 2009, to the lowest rate since 1950, when adjusted for the overall vehicle miles traveled. The bad is that we’re still losing thousands of...Read More»

2011 Ford Fiesta IIHS crash tests
U.S. Highway Fatalities Lowest Since 1950--Fewer Injuries, Too

Despite covering more miles, we're staying safer as a nation of motorists, bikers, and commuters. Distilled to their simplest, that's what federal officials have found with newly released 2009 injury and fatality data. That's for 2009—it takes a while to crunch all the data, gathered through...Read More»

Dodge Charger Police Car
Traffic Fatalities Up For Police Officers, Down For Everyone Else

Today's vehicles provide much better occupant protection than those of three decades ago. And we've also made tremendous progress in making our roads a bit safer, and in getting people to buckle up. But, in a puzzling twist it seems, law-enforcement officials are more often perishing in their...Read More»

Infiniti Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
IIHS: Avoidance Systems Could Cut Fatal Crashes By One-Third

One in three fatal crashes and one of every five serious or moderate injury crashes in passenger vehicles could have been prevented if the vehicle had been equipped with crash-avoidance features including blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, side view assist, and adaptive headlights...Read More»

Teen driving
Teen Girls Say They Drive Faster Than Boys And Text More Too

Teenage boys are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Right? Well, they still have higher accident rates than teenage girls. But in a new survey, the girls say they speed more often, and text while driving at higher rates than the boys. The youth-research firm TRU Research conducted the study a...Read More»

Fatalities per mile driven by age, from FiveThirtyEight.com, DoT data analyzed by IIHS
Teen Drivers Die In Crashes. Old Folks Too. Who's Feared Most?

Did you see the recent Hyundai ad that touts the safety of its new 2011 Sonata by playing on your fear of out-of-control teens behind the wheel? It cites the statistic that 3 million young adults will get new drivers' licenses each year--over a clip of a young woman being launched into the air on a...Read More»

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