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Crash Data Shows a Rise in Traffic Fatalities in 2012
Posted on 11/15/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
According to the 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities in 2012 increased by 1,082 compared to 2011. The majority of fatalities, 72%, occurred during the first quarter of 2012.
While the report shows an increase in 2012, traffic fatalities over the past five years are still at an all-time low. Estimates for the first half of 2013 show a reduction in deaths, which could be the result of increased driver safety awareness and stricter penalties for distracted driving throughout the country.
Here are some other 2012 statistics included in the data:
- Large-truck occupant fatalities increased by 8.9% in 2012 compared to 2011.
- In nighttime crashes, almost two-thirds of the people who died were not wearing seatbelts.
- The number of distraction-related deaths decreased from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012.
- Thirteen states and Washington D.C. saw a decrease in overall traffic fatalities.