- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009
The government projected there were 37,313 traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2008. The Transportation Department said it was the lowest number of highway deaths since 1961. A look at highway fatality data from 1983-2008. The figures for 2008 are projections. The rate is the number of deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Year Deaths Rate
2008 37,313 1.28
2007 41,059 1.36
2006 42,708 1.42
2005 43,510 1.46
2004 42,836 1.44
2003 42,884 1.48
2002 43,005 1.51
2001 42,196 1.51
2000 41,945 1.53
1999 41,717 1.55
1998 41,501 1.58
1997 42,013 1.64
1996 42,065 1.69
1995 41,817 1.73
1994 40,716 1.73
1993 40,150 1.75
1992 39,250 1.75
1991 41,508 1.91
1990 44,599 2.08
1989 45,582 2.17
1988 47,087 2.32
1987 46,390 2.41
1986 46,087 2.51
1985 43,825 2.47
1984 44,257 2.57
1983 42,589 2.58
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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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