A couple years ago, we told you that on-the-road fatalities had dropped to a 60-year low (despite the huge increase in the number of miles driven and the number of drivers on the road during that period). In April of this year, we told you about a new report demonstrating that tens of thousands of lives are saved by auto safety regulations. (The report showed, for instance, that, in 2010 alone, seat belt use saved over 12,500 lives, frontal airbags saved more than 2300 lives, child car seats saved the lives of 300 children, and motorcyle helmets saved more than 1550 lives.) Now, the National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration has released this study showing that in 2009, for the first time since the data was first available (in 1981), vehicle crashes were not among the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. Why? Mainly because crash-related fatalities have dropped by about 25% since 2005.