It Has Never Been Safer To Drive A Car In AmericaMatt Hardigree5/07/12 3:30pmFiled to: car safetySafetyNhtsaCar FatalitiesCar Deathscar crashesTop1811EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThere were only 1.09 traffic fatalities per 100 million miles driven in America last year, the lowest number since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started keeping records in 1949. The reason? Despite government fear-mongering, we now have safer cars and fewer drunk and high drivers.Despite fear-mongering from the government that we're all going to be killed in a fiery crash because kids have cell phones in their cars, people are actually dying a lot less in car accidents. The preliminary number from NHTSA shows 32,310 died in car crashes last year, a 1.7 decrease over 2010. The number of car fatalities has decreased every year since 2005 when it hit 42,708.