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Study shows decline in fatal accidents in Michigan

A single fatal motor vehicle accident is one too many for the family of the victim, but a new study reports encouraging news on the number of fatal accidents in Michigan. The Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center has just released a report indicating that the number if deadly car accidents declined by five percent in 2011. The reductions in fatalities were seen across a number of different accident types.

It is interesting that while the number of accident fatalities declined by five percent the total number of accidents increased by one percent in 2011. There was also a two percent increase in the number of crash related injuries. It seem that accidents may have been less severe, resulting in injuries rather than fatalities. It may also be the case that improved safety equipment in passenger vehicles played a role in reducing the overall number of fatalities.

The accident category seeing the largest decline in fatalities was accidents involving commercial vehicles. These accident related fatalities were down 23 percent in 2011 to 73. There were 95 fatalities in accidents related to commercial vehicles in 2010. Bicycle and motorcycle fatalities also saw a significant reduction. Motorcycle fatalities declined from 125 5o 127, a 14 percent decrease. Deaths resulting from accidents involving bicycles were down by 17 percent from 29 to 24.

Michigan officials are obviously pleased with the significant decrease in accident fatalities in 2011. They say that they will now try to investigate even further to try to determine what factors led to the various decreases in fatal accident across so many categories.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Michigan car-crash fatalities down 5% in 2011; number of crashes up," Tammy Stables Battaglia, April 18, 2012

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