traffic fatalities News

Traffic Deaths Top 40,000 Again

Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total …

2018 Maine Highway Fatalities Among Lowest in 60 Years

Despite concerns about driver texting and inattention, the number of highway deaths in Maine in 2018 was among the lowest in 60 years, officials say. As of New Year’s Day, there were 140 deaths on Maine roads over the past …

Top 5 Most Popular Claims Journal Articles of 2018

After highlighting the top 10 contributed articles and the top 10 videos/podcasts of 2018, we now look at the top 5 most popular articles of 2018 published by Claims Journal: Today is the Deadliest Day of the Year for Car …

States Continue Crackdown on Distracted Driving

Like many diligent public servants, Georgia state Representative Ed Setzler enjoys crowing about a nice, tidy highway project. In a Sept. 8 Facebook video, the Republican appeared to be doing just that from behind the wheel of a car. This …

Traffic Fatalities Fell in 2017, Trend May Continue This Year

Following two consecutive years of rising figures, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that 2017 highway fatality numbers are down. In addition, preliminary estimates for the first 6 months of 2018 appear to show that …

U.S. Road Deaths Fell Slightly in First Half of 2018

The number of people killed on U.S. roads fell slightly in the first half of 2018, but a top safety organization says it’s likely that there will be little change in the number of deaths from 2017 by the end …

Weather May Have Brought About Reduction in Motorcyclist Traffic Deaths Last Year

Motorcyclist deaths reportedly declined an estimated 5.6 percent in 2017, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) that projected that 4,990 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017. This number, based on preliminary data provided …

Study Finds Many Wisconsin Fatal Crashes Involve Elderly

A study shows Wisconsin has the highest rate for fatal crashes involving elderly drivers in the country. The study conducted by TRIP, a national transportation research group, found 26 percent of fatal crashes in Wisconsin in 2016 involved someone 65 …

Don’t Blame Texting for Rising Traffic Deaths in the U.S.

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. rose for the second-straight year in 2016 despite a dip in crash deaths linked to distracted driving, according to data released by federal highway safety regulators. Some 37,461 people died in vehicle collisions in 2016, …

Pot-Linked Traffic Fatalities Rise Sharply in Colorado

The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled since 2013, federal and state data show. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most comprehensive …