According to preliminary figures released by the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accident fatalities on American highways dropped again in 2009 to the lowest number since 1954. Estimates say that the number of people who died in traffic accidents was less than 34,000, continuing a recent downward trend after years of hovering at around 44,000. Although part of the decrease is due to people driving less as a result of a hard economy, the figures also represent a new record low fatality rate, only 1.16 per million vehicle miles traveled.

The NHTSA credits the reduction to many things, including its campaigns Click it or Ticket to increase seatbelt use and Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Other factors include a reduction of defective roads, defective vehicles, and campaigns to reduce distracted driving.

Although the figures are heartening, at Robert W. Kerpsack CO. LPA we understand it only takes one death to make a tragedy for your family. If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident due to the negligence of others, please call or email us today for a free initial consultation.