While one fatality in an auto accident is one too many, the number of fatal crashes in Pennsylvania is at least declining. According to recent reports, the number of fatalities in Pennsylvania highway accidents in 2013 was the lowest it has been since fatal accident records have been kept.
Last year, 1,208 people lost their lives on Pennsylvania highways. While this is still too many lives lost in fatal accidents, it is far fewer than the nearly 2,000 lives lost in 2012. The decrease is attributed to improvements in several categories that are known to contribute to highway deaths. Fewer people died as a result of not wearing a seatbelt. Fatalities related to speeding also decreased, as did those suffered in single vehicle crashes.