Deaths in Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents Rise in 2010


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) report on motor vehicle accidents for 2010 revealed good news and bad.

The good news is that deaths resulting from traffic accidents dropped to their lowest number since 1949. In 2010, there were 32,885 motor vehicle accident fatalities; that figure includes a decline in accidents involving cars, minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks.

Likewise, fatalities in accidents involving drunk drivers also dropped by nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, there were 10,228 deaths in accidents in which an alcohol-impaired driver was a factor.

However, fatalities resulting from truck accidents increased for the first time in five years. According to the NHTSA report, 3,380 people were killed in truck accidents in 2010, an increase of nearly 9 percent from 2009.

Deaths related to motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents also rose in 2010.

Distracted driving played a role in 3,092 motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2010, according to the report. Last year marked the first year the NHTSA employed new protocols for assessing distracted driving accidents.

The revised method for analyzing distracted driving accidents keys on distractions that are most likely to affect an accident, including sending a text message or dialing a cell phone. Previous assessment of distracted driving accidents included reporting a less-specific range of possible distractions, including the presence of cell phones or other hand-held devices.

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