Reduction of Accidents in 1938 and 1939
Motor Vehicle Death Rates, 1939–1938
Deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 1938 showed a decrease for the first time since 1932; and for the first year since records have been kept there were fewer fatalities despite an actual increase in the number of motor car miles driven. The decline in auto fatalities continued during the first six months of 1939, but the rate of decline this year is less favorable than it was in 1938.
The death rate per 100,000,000 motor vehicle miles has fallen every year since 1934, showing a decline of nearly 30 per cent for the five-year period.
For every death resulting from a motor vehicle accident, it is estimated that there are 35 non-fatal injuries. On that basis, there were 1,150,000 injuries in 1938. No general figures are yet available for 1939, but the Bureau of the Census reports 3,401 deaths from motor vehicle accidents in 135 cities during the first 26 weeks, as compared with 3,800 deaths during the same period in 1938, The reduction is 10.5 per cent, whereas the whole year 1938 showed an 18.3 per cent drop from the 1937 figures.