In 2005, deaths from fatal car accidents reached its highest since 1990–43,510 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System). Since then, fatalities from motor vehicle crashes have steadily declined. As of NHTSA’s latest release, fatalities totaled 33,808 for the year 2009, a 9.7 percent decline from the previous year, 22 percent over the past four years.
While authorities continue to exert efforts to sink traffic deaths to an all new low, reports of fatalities from Arizona car crashes continue to come in as we end the first month of the year.
In Lake Havasu City, a single vehicle crash was reported on Arizona 95 leaving two people dead (Arizona Department of Public Safety via AZ Central 1/31/2011).
The victims were both elderly, one being 86 and the other in his nineties. It was reported that one of the victims died while rescuers were transporting them, and the other died in the hospital.
There is no mention yet as to how the accident came about but responding officers say the two were in a car that went about 30 feet off the road. The car sustained front end damage from hitting an embankment.
On a local scale, Arizona saw 807 traffic deaths in 2009, which was a welcome 14 percent lower compared to records in 2008 (NHTSA-FARS). With increased public safety awareness and active police presence on the road, we hope that traffic fatalities will continue to decrease in the years to come.
Victims of car crashes and other traffic related accidents can reach us via our free consultation hotline at (602) 267-1280. As experienced Arizona accident attorneys, we may be able to help you.