Road safety is important to many motorists and their passengers, and various methods can be undertaken to help improve comfort. These measures can include something as simple as buckling a seat belt, or more complex as getting a stronger car insurance policy. Despite some of these measures, there may be more dangers on the road than before.
A total of 33,561 people died on the highway in 2012, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This was 1,082 deaths higher than the number of fatalities in 2011. However, more than 70 percent of deaths in 2012 happened during the first three months of the year.
Even with this in mind, the past five years has been notably lower than usual. The report noted that the fatality level two years ago was the lowest point recorded since 1949. While the latest figure was a yearly increase, and the first rise since 2005, it is just at the level recorded in 1950.
"Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year and while we've made substantial progress over the past 50 years, it's clear that we have much more work to do," said Anthony Foxx, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. "As we look to the future, we must focus our efforts to tackle persistent and emerging issues that threaten the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians across the nation."
Further improvements may occur when the final figures for this year are released. There is a chance that the first half of this year will be lower than the level recorded during last year, the report added. This could signify a potential for improvement in these statistics for the full year.
Teen road deaths remain an issue
While the aforementioned figures may involve every age category, there are many teen drivers who may need to pay extra attention in order to stay safe. A separate report from the NHTSA noted that vehicle collisions are the most common cause of death for those between the ages of 14 to 18. In 2011, 2,105 teens were in the car when one of these crashes occurred.
The report added that 55 percent of those in these crashes survived, while nearly 950 people died. While an auto insurance policy cannot prevent injury, it may help drivers hold onto their money instead of having to put it into fixing the vehicle.