Statistics for all types of transportation related fatalities are down for 2009. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board says that even though transportation related fatalities have decreased over the past year, there are still too many accidents across all modes of transportation in the country. Car accidents account for the largest percentage of fatalities.
The National Transportation Safety Board is a transportation oversight group that keeps track of transportation safety issues and statistics across the country. The year 2009 experienced a 9.2 percent decrease in the amount of transportation related deaths according to the Board. There were 35,928 fatalities resulting from transportation accidents in 2009.
The Department of Transportation reported that 33,808 transportation related deaths resulted from car accidents last year. That accounts for 95 percent of the total amount of transportation deaths. The ten years from 1965 to 1975 saw the largest amount of fatal car accidents. The annual number of deaths from car accidents during that period was around 50,000.
Last year’s amount of driving related deaths was the lowest amount in 60 years. During the five years from 2000 to 2005 the rate of fatalities remained unchanged. This past year the rate of fatalities fell from 6 per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled to around 4 fatalities per 100,000 miles traveled.
Department of Transportation officials and local Bossier criminal defense attorneys believe the drop in highway deaths is related to strong seat belt use and effective anti-drunk driving efforts. The other five percent of transportation related fatalities are attributed to other transportation modes such as air, rail, water and energy pipelines.