Although Department of Transportation numbers will be released to later this year, state agencies that track auto collision show that traffic fatalities have decreased over the past year. Some number suggest that the number of people killed in traffic collisions is at its lowest point in fifty years.
Many experts point to several factors for the good news, including higher safety standards in newer cars, and increased use of seat belts. There are probably other factors at play, like increased enforcement of DUII laws.
These statistics are even more encouraging when considering the increased number of cars on the road. In 1980, there were 161 million cars on the highway, and in 2011, there were 253 million cars registered in the United States.
In Oregon, 315 people died in traffic collisions, down 6.5% from the previous year. In Washington, 460 people lost their lives in collisions, also down significantly from the year prior. Washington is pursuing an aggressive goal of zero traffic fatalities by the year 2030.
People involved in serious traffic collisions know that they are more than a statistic. If you have been in a serious auto collision in Oregon or Washington, and have questions, call us at 503-325-8600. We realize that you are more than just a number.