Journal of Undergraduate Research


vehicle manufacturers, safety inspections, moto-vehicle accidents


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




As technology improves, vehicle manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to make and distribute vehicles that are far safer and more reliable than in previous years. In fact, traffic fatalities are on a steep decline in the U.S., with a total of only 32,850 deaths related to motor-vehicle accidents last year as compared to 43,510 recorded in 20051. As the pool of vehicles on the road gradually shifts to newer models, this decline will become more pronounced—according to Consumer Reports, drivers of vehicles made before 2000 are 71% more likely to die in a motorvehicle related accident than drivers of vehicle made after 20102. With significant developments in both vehicle form and function, an accident is both less likely to occur and less likely to be fatal now than it ever has been.

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