Highway Deaths Down in 2007

August 14, 2008
More than 41,000 people died in car accidents on U.S. roads last year, the lowest number of fatalities in more than a decade.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 41,059 people died on the nation's roads, which is the lowest total since 1994 and a drop of more than 1,000 fatalities from 2006. The death rate of 1.37 deaths per 100 million miles driven is also the lowest on record, the NHTSA said in a release. The total of 2.49 million injuries is the lowest since the NHTSA started collecting that data in 1988.

The Associated Press reports California had the biggest drop in total fatalities, while North Carolina's rose the most.

The NHTSA says motorcycle deaths were up for the 10th year in a row, to 5,154 fatalities in 2007.

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