The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released their annual report on the previous year’s highway crash data. For the second year in a row, overall traffic fatalities have decreased, dropping 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is the lowest since 2014, declining 3.4 percent.
According to the US Department of Transportation, bus travel has the lowest number of annual fatalities, compared to air, railroad and highway transport. Buses are a safe way to get from Point A to Point B, whether they are shuttling students to school or for those not traveling by motor vehicle. Bureau of Transportation statistics from 2017 show buses accounted for 71,000 total highway crashes, compared to 129,000 motorcycle and 7,200,000 passenger car accidents.
Time flies when you’re having fun! As another summer winds down, kids across our state are getting ready to go back to school. For a few months, our morning commutes see less cars and buses because school is out. Come the end of August, classes will be back in session and school buses around every corner.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of people hit and killed by vehicles each year has reached its highest since 1990. These accidents, which now account for about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US, most often involve older adults and children but anyone can be a victim.
When we hear about car accident, many of us envision two cars colliding with each other. However, according to crash data from IIHS, single-vehicle crashes account for over 50 percent of all accidents. While these incidents often involve hitting a stationary object such as a guardrail or a pole, they can encompass several other scenarios.