Traffic Fatalities Fell 4.2 Percent in First Half of 2013: NHTSA

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

US Traffic Fatalities Increased 5.3 Percent in 2012

If the rate continues for the second half of 2013, it is likely that this year will crack a record low set in 2011.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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