Highway Traffic Fatalities in Michigan Declined by 11% in 2009, According to Leading Michigan Auto Accident Law Firm

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Latest data from U.S. Department of Transportation shows encouraging trend, but news is likely of little consolation to families of 871 people who died on state's highways last year

However, this trend line is likely of very little consolation to the loved ones of the 871 individuals who lost their lives on our state's highways last year. Not every traffic accident is preventable, but there is still much we can do to make our roads and vehicles safer.

September 22, 2010 - Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows that highway deaths in Michigan declined by 11% in 2009, an encouraging trend that is slightly better than the overall national statistics, according to auto accident attorneys from The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.

The annual report from the DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the total number of traffic fatalities on Michigan's highways declined from 980 in 2008 to 871 in 2009, an 11% decrease. Overall, highway deaths in the U.S. declined from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808 in 2009, a 9.7% decrease.

In a related encouraging sign, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in Michigan also dropped last year, from 284 in 2008 to 246 in 2009, a 13% decrease. This also surpasses the national trend, which showed a decline in alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities from 11,711 in 2008 to 10,839 in 2009, a 7.4% decrease.

"The decline in traffic fatalities is terrific news and indicates that federal and state efforts to better educate drivers about the hazards of the roadways are having a positive impact," said Mark Bernstein, a principal in The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, a leading Michigan auto accident law firm. "However, this trend line is likely of very little consolation to the loved ones of the 871 individuals who lost their lives on our state's highways last year. Not every traffic accident is preventable, but there is still much we can do to make our roads and vehicles safer."

According to Bernstein, while it's also good to see the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities drop, it's important to note that 28% of the highway deaths last year - more than one in four - involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

"Accidents caused by drunk driving are entirely preventable, so that is a statistic that should be of continued concern to every Michigan citizen," said Bernstein.

For three generations, the Michigan automobile accident attorneys of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm have dedicated their lives to helping their clients -- it is a family tradition. A strong commitment to client service extends throughout the firm's team of attorneys and staff, who understand the difficulties their clients face after an automobile accident and the challenges that come with filing an auto accident claim in Michigan. For more information, please call 888.283.2370 or go to http://www.michigan-auto-accident.com.

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