What were the highest and lowest annual numbers of U.S. traffic deaths ever? | DENENA | POINTS

The highest number of traffic deaths in a year in the United States was in 1972 when 54,589 people were killed in road accidents. That’s almost twice the annual total of recent years.

 The U.S. Department of Transportation first began releasing data on the annual number of accident fatalities in 1950. That data covered the year 1949, which has seen the lowest number of traffic deaths since data has been released: 30,246. Of course, estimates give much lower numbers of accident fatalities in the early years of car travel. For instance, an estimate says that 1921 had only 13,253 traffic fatalities. But our Pearland truck accident attorneys ask: how many people had cars back then? Most traffic deaths were still in horse and carriage wrecks.

Traffic deaths reached a 63-year low last year in 2011, when there were only 32,367, the lowest number since 1949. Unfortunately, preliminary data indicates that 2012 will experience a big jump in traffic fatalities. The first quarter of 2012 alone showed a 13% increase over 2011, and that quarter usually has the lowest number of fatal road accidents per year.

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