Back in 2010, NHTSA reported that traffic deaths had hit a record low, and now Americans are more likely to die at their own hands by means of suicide than in a fatal car crash.
All new modern safety features have attributed to a drop rate in vehicle fatalities in the recent years, along with high-tech sensors that can practically warn a driver of any possible collision. Even though distracted driving is a main focus in recent years, traffic-related deaths overall have been on the decline – and dropping faster than the suicide rate in America.
In 2009 for example, 33,808 traffic-related deaths occurred in America while roughly 37,000 people took their own lives in the US. When comparing to 2000, traffic deaths have declined an impressive 25 percent while the suicide rate has only declined 15 percent.
Then there’s also the fact that many suicides are not reported as such, so the suicide rate could be much higher. Auto fatalities however are quite clear cut when it comes to the numbers.
[Source: The Car Connection]