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Traffic Fatalities Declined Significantly in 2008

Source: ATA

On July 2, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2008 report on highway fatalities. Overall the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States decreased 9.7 percent, down from 41,259 in 2007 to 37,261 in 2008. The number of total highway fatalities is at the lowest level since 1961. Larger reductions were reported in truck-related accidents.

There was a 12 percent reduction in fatal crashes involving large trucks (4,822 in 2007 to 4,229 in 2008), which is the lowest level since the U.S. Department of Transportation began keeping crash statistics in 1975. The number of truck occupant deaths showed even more improvement, down from 805 in 2007 to 677 in 2008--a 16 percentage point drop.

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