August 15, 2008 |
Traffic deaths in the United States declined last year, reaching the lowest level in more than a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Some 41,059 people were killed in highway crashes, down by more than 1,600 from 2006. The fatality rate of 1.37 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled in 2007 was the lowest on record, the agency said. California had the largest decline: 266 fewer fatalities.
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July 22, 2008 |
Federal officials recently issued a report on pedestrian deaths across the United States between 1997 and 2006. Here's a sampling of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found: * Pedestrians had only a slightly higher chance of dying in a car crash than people in a vehicle had. For every 100 million miles that people walked, 1.42 pedestrians were killed, whereas for every 100 million miles that people drove, 1.3 vehicle occupants were killed.
December 27, 2007 |
A record number of fatal traffic incidents and a double-digit spike in shooting deaths led to one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in more than a decade. With the exception of 2001, which saw a dramatic increase in deaths because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2007 was the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1989, according to preliminary data released jointly by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.
May 21, 2007 |
HISTORICALLY, young males have had a significant edge over girls in a wide range of risky behaviors, among them, binge drinking and failure to wear seat belts. As a result, young men have been far more likely than young women to die in car crashes. Now emergency department physicians from UC Irvine Medical Center have found that, although boys still drink, fail to use seat belts and die in car crashes more often than girls, girls began to narrow the gap in all measures between 1995 and 2004.
April 15, 2007 |
Nail gun injuries in the U.S. tripled from 1991 to 2005 as the products became more readily available, a report says. In 2005, 13,400 people sought emergency care for harm related to the tools, researchers said in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The nail gun injuries have extended to homes and garages what was a hazard seen mostly in workplaces such as construction sites, according to the report published by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
March 7, 2007 |
You might call it morbid fascination, the way people slow down to take a long look at accidents. But it is also cautionary and informative. In the same way, a lot of motorists might like to know about fatal accidents at dangerous intersections and hazardous freeway segments they use. Such information is readily available, but the federal government won't let the public have it.