1930s Car Accidents VS Today
There is a big difference between the vehicles we drive today, and the vehicles our grandparents drove. One of the major differences, aside from aesthetics is: safety! Today’s vehicles got advanced features even if it comes and goes.
During the first decade of the 20th century you’ll notice that there were no stop signs, warning signs, traffic lights, traffic cops, driver’s education, lane lines, street lighting, brake lights, driver’s licenses and other things. Making a left turn was not known, and drinking-and-driving was not considered a serious crime. You’ll also see a group of friends drunk driving from parties.
There’s an improvent in motor vehicles since the early 1900s. Driver attitudes and behaviors have changed substantially, as has vehicle safety technology, which makes car travel safer.
- The population motor-vehicle death rate reached its peak in 1937 with 30.8 deaths per 100,000 population. The current rate is 12.4 per 100,000, representing a 60% improvement.
- In 1913, 33.38 people died for every 10,000 vehicles on the road. In 2017, the death rate was 1.47 per 10,000 vehicles, a 96% improvement.
- In 1923, the first year miles driven was estimated, the motor-vehicle death rate was 18.65 deaths for every 100 million miles driven. Since 1923, the mileage death rate has decreased 93% and now stands at 1.25 deaths per 100 million miles driven.
- Despite these historic drops, we cannot remain complacent. While motor-vehicle deaths remained nearly unchanged last year, deaths have been increasing over the last few years, 14% since 2011.
- From 2011 to 2017, miles traveled increased 9%, the number of registered vehicles increased 8%, and the population grew by more than 4%. The mileage death rate increased 4.2%, the vehicle rate rose 5.8%, and the population rate was up 9.7%.
Source: Deaths from National Center for Health Statistics except 1964, which are National Safety Council estimates based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
As you can see, motor vehicles improved in the past years. From machines up to the air bags, the use of technology and advance knowledge bring us more safer cars year by year.