The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Traffic Deaths Hit Highest Number Since 1990

April 25, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More Americans were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 than in any year since 1990, according to a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report. Last year, 43,200 people were killed in accidents, up 1.3 percent over the 42,636 killed in 2004 — the highest number since 1990, when 44,559 people were killed, according to the Detroit News. NHTSA projected a fatality rate of 1.46 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, up from the record low of 1.44 in 2004.Other report highlights include:

  • A decline in injuries from 2.79 million in 2004 to 2.68 million in 2005.
  • Fifty-five percent of passenger vehicle occupants who died in 2005 were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Motorcycle fatalities increased 7.7 percent in 2005.
  • Pedestrian deaths increased slightly from 4,641 to 4,674.
  • Alcohol-related fatalities increased 1.7 percent from 16,694 to 16,972.
  • Passenger car fatalities dropped 1.8 percent.
  • The number of light-truck occupants killed increased by 4.3 percent.
  • Twitter Facebook Google+


    Please note that comments may be moderated. 
    Leave this field empty:

    Fleet Incentives

    Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


    Fleet Faq Fuel Management

    Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

    View All


    Fleet Tracking And Telematics

    Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

    View All


    Fleet Management And Leasing

    Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

    View All


    Sponsored by

    Helene Kamon began her industry career in 1970 working for Dealers CadiLease, later purchased by Union Leasing.

    Read more

    Up Next

    More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher