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Number, Rate of Fatal Washington Car Accidents Trend Downwards

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 16, 2012

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau tracking fatal auto accidents in Washington from 1999 to 2009 found that, in both real numbers and in deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), Washington has seen a decline in fatal car crashes in the past decade.

Seattle Fatal Auto Accident StatsIn 1990, the Census Bureau recorded a total of 825 car accident deaths in Washington, for a rate of 1.8 deaths per 100 million VMT. This number continued to go down in each recorded year that followed: 631 deaths in 2000 and 492 deaths in 2009, for a rate of 1.8 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled that year.

Compared to other U.S. states, Washington’s streets and roads remain relatively safe in terms of car accident death rates. Only Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Mississippi had lower rates of car accident deaths in 2009 than Washington, while several states had rates that were more than double the rates Washington faced. Read the rest »

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