Statistics from other agencies also indicate a drop in motor vehicle fatalities in 2014. The National Safety Council recently released a statistics for 2014, and the data indicates that there were 35,400 motor vehicle fatalities last year. That was a drop from the previous year. There was also a drop in the annual mileage death rate.
The annual death mileage rate dropped to 1.80 fatalities for every 100,000,000 miles traveled. According to the National Safety Council, this was the lowest rate on record. Overall, 2014 saw 50 more fatalities in traffic accidents, compared to the previous year.
Further, 2014 saw as many as 4.3 million injuries in motor vehicle accidents. These injuries were serious enough to require medical attention. Those rates were unchanged from 2013.
As the economy improves, the National Safety Council expects fatality numbers to increase as more people join the workforce, unemployment drops, and people go back to driving for recreation, something that they had stopped during the worst days of the recession.
Clearly, many motorists continue to drive in dangerous conditions. Take steps to reduce your risk of injuries in an accident.
Always wear a seatbelt while driving. Make sure that all occupants in your car are safely buckled in.
Children must be safely restrained in age-appropriate restraints.
Never drive under the influence of alcohol.
Never drive if you are drowsy or tired.
Switch off cell phones and texting devices while driving.
When you're driving in heavy traffic, or bad weather, drive defensively. Drive within the posted speed limits. Adjust your speed limits accordingly, depending on the weather and traffic conditions.
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