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New UMTRI report sheds light on drop in road fatalities

May 24, 2010

Road fatalities in the United States dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2009, the largest decline over a short period of time since World War II. A new UMTRI report, authored by research professor Michael Sivak, head of UMTRI's Human Factors Group, and Brandon Schoettle, investigates the factors behind this unprecedented drop. Sivak and Schoettle used the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database to examine 269 variables involved in fatal crashes. They highlight the most interesting patterns of change in their report Toward Understanding the Recent Large Reductions in U.S. Road Fatalities.

Read the full report.