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Car accidents kill more than 41,000 in 2007

Deaths resulting from car accidents went down last year to roughly 51,000 – the lowest level in more than a decade. The fatality rate is 1.37 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled in 2007 was the lowest on record.

Motorcycle accident deaths, on the other hand, increased for the tenth straight year. There were 5,154 motorcycle deaths last year, compared with 4,837 in 2006.

What accounts for the decrease in automobile accidents? Experts theorize higher gas prices and a slowing economy. One expert said “fewer highway deaths is always the silver lining of a down economy.”

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