The fatality rate (fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel) on the Nation’s highways continues to decline. In 2008, the fatality rate reached 1.26, which is a historical low. Although the fatality rate is declining, there were still 37,660 fatalities in 2008.
The highway and transit authorization bill for 2005–2009, SAFETEALU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users), has authorized a new core safety program known as the Highway Safety Improvement Program. FHWA has been working with other Federal, State, and local authorities and private organizations to develop new strategies and approaches to improve highway travel safety.
Data Source: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System