NTSB says travel fatalities declined in 2009

Nov 18, 2010

The number of fatal traffic accidents fell last year.

Consumers take a risk when traveling, whether it is on the road, by sea or in the air.

However, a report from the National Transportation Safety Board released on October 6 shows that transportation fatalities dropped 9.2 percent in 2009 when compared to the year before. Total transportation-related deaths fell from 39,569 in 2008 to 35,928 last year.

Traffic deaths accounted for 95 percent of fatalities last year, although the total number fell to 33,808 from 37,423.

"In fact, highway fatalities decreased in all categories including motorcycle fatalities (down 16 percent) which had been on the rise in recent years," says the NTSB.

Both aviation and rail fatalities declined in 2009, but pipeline and marines deaths increased between the two years.

While travel appears to be getting safer, consumers may still consider instilling safeguards. Along with using reputable companies for their travel needs, many may consider purchasing a life insurance policy.

Doing so will ensure their family will have a source of income in the event the policyholder dies in a traffic-related accident.

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