While the overall number of motor vehicle accident fatalities dropped in 2010 to the lowest level since 1949, the number of deaths resulting from truck accidents rose for the first time in five years.
According to the annual report of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities in accidents involving large trucks increased nearly 9 percent from 2009 to 2010. In 2009, 3,380 people were killed in truck accidents; that number jumped to 3,675 in 2010.
Fatalities also rose in motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.
The report also stated there were 3,092 traffic accident deaths related to distracted driving in 2010, although 2010 was the first year the NHTSA used new standards for assessing data related to distracted driving accidents. The revised analysis for distracted driving accidents focuses on distractions most likely to affect a collision, including the dialing of a cell phone or other hand-held device and distractions by external people or events. Previous reporting of driver distractions included a broader range of potential distractions, including the mere presence of cell phones or similar devices in vehicles.
Overall, there were 32,885 deaths stemming from motor vehicle accidents in 2010. Fatalities declined in accidents involving passenger vehicles such as cars, SUVs, minivans and pickups.
Fatalities related to drunk driving also dropped nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.
If you were injured or a family member was killed in a tractor trailer accident or other motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, truck accident attorneys at Long & Long for your no-cost case evaluation.