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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

Motor vehicle deaths down 4 percent  in first eleven months of 2010 

Motor vehicle deaths for Jan. - Nov. 2010 totaled 31,740. This figure is down 4 percent from the corresponding 11-month period in 2009. The November figure for 2010 was 13 percent lower than the 2008 figure. The 11-month total for 2009 was 33,180, a 9 percent decrease from 2008. The 2008 figure was 10 percent lower than 2007. The estimated annual population death rate is 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population, a decrease of 4 percent from 2009. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, a decrease of 9 percent from 2009.

The National Safety Council has now adopted the concept of medically consulted injury to replace disabling injury as the measure of nonfatal injuries. A medically consulted injury is an injury serious enough that a medical professional was consulted. Medically consulted motor vehicle injuries for the first eleven months of 2010 are estimated to be about 3,100,000. Medically consulted injuries are not comparable to previous disabling injury estimates.

The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage through November was $216.5 billion, an increase of 12 percent from 2009. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage.

A state by state list of motor vehicle deaths, percent changes and rates can be found here.

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