Motor vehicle injury and fatalities down slightly

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently posted findings for motor vehicle-related injuries in 2018. The total fatalities were 40,000, which is an overall decrease by one percent from revised 2017 estimates. This estimate is down two percent from 2016. That measures to 12.19 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.24 deaths per million miles travelled.

The finding also measured the number of medically consulted injures in the United States. The total number of injuries from crashes in 2018 was 4,560,000. This also represents a one percent drop from 2017. The ratio of injury to death was 114 to 1.

The cost of these crashes including the medical care, property damage and deaths was an estimated $412.8 billion. Pennsylvania was one of several states that saw an increase of at least 5.8 in roadway deaths, joining Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington.

“Forty-thousand deaths is simply unacceptable,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of the National Safety Council, in a statement. “We cannot afford to tread water any more. We know what works, but need to demonstrate the commitment to implementing the solutions. Roadway deaths are preventable by doubling down on what works; embracing technology advancements and creating a culture of safer driving.”

Making the roads safer

We write a lot about injury statistics and safety measures for making the roads safer, but they bear repeating:

  • Practice defensive driving techniques such as using a seat belt
  • Avoid texting or other distracted driving behavior behind the wheel
  • Do not drive while impaired by alcohol, drugs or prescription medication
  • Do not drive while fatigued
  • Repair your vehicle immediately if there is a recall, damages or malfunction

These injuries often involve victims

The unfortunate truth is that many of the above statistics involve innocent drivers or passengers who were injured or killed due to negligence of another driver. Victims or their family can end up paying thousands of dollars in lost income, medical expenses and repair of property. However, an experienced personal injury law firm can provide guidance for recovering expenses, particularly in cases of severe injury or death.