Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics from the NHTSA (Pt. 2)
October 10, 2014
Continuing from Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics from the NHTSA (Pt. 1), here, we will resume our discussion of the incidence of fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
By taking the time to understand the prevalence and causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., regulators hope to develop new strategies, tools and opportunities to reduce the risks of these collisions, make the roads safer and, ultimately, save lives.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents and Alcohol Impairment
These NHTSA statistics continue to underscore the widely accepted fact that drinking and driving is deadly:
- From 2011 to 2012, the incidence of fatalities due to fatal drunk driving accidents increased by nearly 10 percent.
- The drivers of passenger vehicles, light trucks and motorcycles all tend to be equally responsible for causing drunk driving accidents, as these drivers have been linked to 23 percent, 22 percent and 27 percent of these deadly collisions, respectively.
- Consistent with the previous years, the incidence of collisions caused by the intoxicated drivers of large trucks reportedly remains low, with these commercial drivers reportedly only causing about 2 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2012.
- Drivers who are 24 years old and younger tend to be the ones who are most often intoxicated and, therefore, responsible for causing alcohol-related fatal motor vehicle accidents.
In fact, in 2012, motorists 24 years old and younger were reportedly responsible for about half of all fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. Drivers between 25 and 34 and those between 35 and 44 had the second and third highest rates of causing fatal DUI accidents (respectively).
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series that will be posted soon!
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