One person has died daily in a car accident in the state of Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. But there is positive news as well – fewer people have died this year, than last.
A total of 236 people have died in auto-accidents, year to date; down from 390 people last year. These deaths included four elderly women killed in a single-car accident in West Des Moines, a volunteer firefighter, who was struck and killed while directing traffic in Shelby, Iowa and Iowa State Trooper, Mark Toney, who was killed in Indianola.
“It’s been difficult seeing so many die on Iowa’s roadways… Losing Iowa Trooper Mark Toney was particularly difficult for the Department of Public Safety and State Patrol,” said Larry Noble, The Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner.
With a couple months remaining in 2011, there is potential for this year’s roadway deaths to surpass that of 2010. Farm harvest and holiday season are particularly worrisome with more farm vehicles frequenting the highways. Last year, there were 208 crashes involving farm equipment, resulting in six deaths and 14 major injuries.
Additionally, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday often involve drinking and driving accidents.
Auto-Accident Deaths Decline Nationwide
More than 32,000 nationwide car-accident fatalities have occurred in 2010, according to the Department of Transportation; down from 43,000 in 2009. Several factors attribute to the decline, including new laws regulating texting while driving and the implementation of new and better auto-safety features.
Laws, safety features and continuous public awareness can continue to provide a decline in auto accidents and fatalities in the state, say some Des Moines car accident lawyers.