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Motor vehicle traffic death crashes fall in 2008 | Seattle car crash attorney


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4/6/2009
Andrew Kim
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One bright spot in this country amid the recession is that the U.S. highway traffic crash deaths in 2008 fell to their lowest level since 1961 when John F. Kennedy was president.  The recession and $4-per-gallon gas meant people drove less to save more. Experts also cited record seat-belt use, tighter enforcement of drunken-driving laws and the work of advocacy groups that encourage safer driving habits.

Tough economic times during the 1973 to 1974 oil crisis and inflation saw highway vehicle collision fatalities fall more than 16 percent and during the 1981 to 1982 recession under President Reagan saw a drop of nearly 11 percent.

The vehicle miles traveled in 2008 fell by about 3.6 percent, to 2.92 trillion miles, indicating many people adjusted their driving habits as gas prices fluctuated and the economy tumbled.  You may have also noticed fewer vehicles on the roadways as there are fewer people working and driving.

The Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma offices of Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC represent people seriously injured or killed in car accidents, but we always welcome news such as this where traffic deaths are at historic lows.  Should you have any questions about your car crash case, call us for a free consultation at 1-800-636-3676.



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