After increasing 5.3 percent last year, traffic fatalities have dropped 4.2 percent in the first half of 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA estimates that 15,470 people have died in the U.S. from traffic accidents in the first half of the year, which is 4.2 percent less than the first half of 2012. Of course, this year it’s been well documented that less Americans have been driving with total vehicle miles traveled down 0.1 percent. Mathematically, NHTSA stated that deaths per 100-million miles driven fell to 1.06 versus last year’s 1.10 per 100 million.
If the rate continues for the second half of 2013, it is likely that this year will crack a record low set in 2011.