Automobile Accidents

The Journal of the Society of Automotive Engineers
April 1925

The ratio of injuries inflicted to the number of automobiles registered is steadily decreasing. That is convincingly indicated by the data contained in Table 1 which are taken from the Bulletin of Safety Education, dated Feb. 1, 1925, published for the education section of the National Safety Council, by the National Bureau of Casualty and Surety Underwriters, relative to automobile-accident death-rate per 10,000 cars. But by thorough measures for prevention the absolute number of automobile accident injuries can be largely reduced.

In Connecticut, according to Bulletin No. 13 of the Department of Motor Vehicles, dated Nov. 18, 1924, the State Police were put on the roads in full force on May 1, 1924. The comparative figures of fatal accidents presented in Table 2 show the results.

Table 1 - Automobile accident death rates from 1915 to 1923 inclusive per 10,000 cars.

Year Rates
1915 24.0
1916 20.8
1917 18.2
1918 15.5
1919 13.0
1920 12.0
1921 11.9
1922 11.6
1923 10.3

Table 2 - Fatal automobile accidents in Connecticut
 1923 1924
January to April 37 88
May to October 185 140