The projections come from a preliminary report the agency has issued regarding 2014 traffic fatalities (firmer statistics on such fatalities will come later this year). According to the projections, in the nation as a whole, traffic fatality totals held pretty steady between 2013 and 2014, with the projected 2014 total being 0.1 percent lower than the 2013 total.

The projections indicate that the auto fatality totals of the different regions of the U.S. were a lot less steady. Based on the projections, some regions saw fairly big increases in auto deaths in 2014 while others saw a pretty substantial decrease in traffic fatalities. 

One thing readers here in Pennsylvania may find to be of pretty big note regarding these estimates is that the estimates project that the region containing Pennsylvania had the biggest drop in auto accident fatalities of any region in the U.S. in 2014. This region is a three-state region that, along with Pennsylvania, contains New Jersey and New York. The estimates project that there was a 6 percent drop in traffic fatalities in this region last year.

One wonders why this region saw such a big drop and whether it will see a similar trend this year. 

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Of course, even when traffic fatalities are trending downward in the region, there are still far too many families out there who end up experiencing the horrific situation of losing a loved one in a traffic accident. Auto accident attorneys can help Pennsylvania families who have ended up in this tragic situation with the complex and impactful legal issues that can arise in connection to fatal traffic accidents.  

Source: Fox News, “2014 traffic fatalities: Lower number of deaths, lowest fatality rate on record,” Richard Read, June 8, 2015

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