Safer Cars, Fewer Deaths

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM EDT

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Safer Cars, Fewer Deaths

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As better-designed, safer cars are coming off assembly lines, fewer injuries and deaths are being reported on American highways.

Drivers had a 79 percent chance of being uninjured in a car crash when driving cars that were made in 2000.

In 2008, model cars drivers had an 82 percent chance of remaining uninjured.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, improvements helped save 2,000 lives and prevented 1 million injuries in 2008 alone.

Although Americans are driving more miles these days, the number of traffic fatalities dropped to just under 33,000 in 2010, the lowest level in some 60 years.

For more statistics from the NHTSA, visit http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811620.pdf.