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U.S driving deaths at record low: are Orange County drivers safer?

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Michael Mazal
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The U.S. Department of Transportation reported today that driving fatalities have decreased for the fourth year in a row.  The latest statistics show that in 2009, highway deaths decreased by 8.9%. The number of traffic deaths decreased from 37,261 traffic deaths in 2008 to a record low of 33,963 driving deaths in 2009. This is the lowest number of recorded highway deaths since the federal government started tracking highway fatality data in 1954.  
These deaths include all motor vehicle deaths including car crashes, truck wrecks, motorcycle accidents and pedestrian-car and bicycle-car fatalities.
The fatality rate also declined. In 2008 there were 1.25 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled; in 2009, the rate decreased to 1.16 fatalities per vehicle mile traveled. Again, this rate is the lowest on record since 1954.
These declines occurred despite an increased in vehicle miles traveled. Despite the economy, American drivers drove 6.6 billion more miles in 2009 than in 2008.
The government attributes the continued decline in traffic deaths to increased seat belt use, safer vehicles, education programs and stronger enforcement of the law.  
Every vehicle death is one too many, especially for the families involved.  The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie understand the pain that Orange County families go through and offer caring legal representation to those going through tough times.

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