Seatbelt use, safer vehicles and efforts to curb driving under the influence have all played a role in decreasing the number of traffic fatalities nationwide, according to news reports.
In 2010, highway traffic deaths dropped to its lowest in more than 60 years, according to the Transportation Department.
Last year, 32,788 people were killed on U.S. roads, down nearly 3 percent from 2009. The 32,788 deaths is the fewest since 1949 when more than 30,000 people were killed.
The highest decline - 12 percent - was recorded in the Pacific Northwest states, according to news reports.
"Separately, the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled is estimated to have hit a record low of 1.09 in 2010, the lowest since 1949. The previous record was in 2009, which had a rate of 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles traveled," according to news reports.
As a North Charleston car accident attorney , I'm happy to hear about this traffic death decline. I hope drivers continue to practice safe driving habits, including wearing seatbelts, avoiding distracted driving and never driving under the influence.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .