U.S. highway deaths fell to their lowest level since 1961 in 2008


According to the U.S. Transportation Department, traffic related deaths fell to their lowest level since 1961 last year. In 2008, 37,271 people were killed in vehicle crashes, 3,998 fewer people than in 2007. The study says that part of the decrease was due to a sharp decline in driving last year as a result of higher prices at the fuel pump.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that a total of 7,689 people were killed on the roads during the first three months of 2009 – a 9 percent decline from 2008.

On the other hand, motorcycle related deaths increased in 2008 to 5,290, the 11th straight year of increases.

The total number of people injured in vehicle related crashes fell to 2.35 million in 2008. Motorcycle related injuries jumped to 52,000 from 43,200.

– By: The Daily Auto Editor

Source: Detroit News