Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic F atalities For the First Half (January–June) of 2009

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2009 shows that an estimated 16,626 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decline of about 7% as compared to the 17,871 fatalities that occurred in the first half of 2008. Fatalities declined by about 10% in the first quarter and declined by about 4% in the second quarter of 2009, as compared to the respective quarters in 2008. The second quarter of 2009 will be the 13th consecutive quarter of declines in fatalities as compared to the same quarter from the previous year. Traffic fatalities have been declining steadily since reaching a near-term peak in 2005. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first half of 2009 dropped by about 6.1 billion miles, or about a 0.4% decline. On a quarterly basis, the VMT dropped by 1.7% during the first quarter and increased by 0.7% in the second quarter. Also included in these statistics are the fatality rates per 100 million VMT, by quarter and for the first half. The fatality rate for the first half of 2009 declined to 1.15 fatalities per 100 million VMT, down from 1.23 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first half of 2008.


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  • Accession Number: 01142625
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-811 207
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2009 9:30AM