Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Statistics from the NHTSA (Pt. 1)
October 3, 2014
Regulators and officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) analyze the incidence of different types of fatal motor vehicle accidents as part of their ongoing efforts to improve the safety of the roads. By pinpointing the most prominent causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents, NHTSA officials aim to develop ways of minimizing the risk of accidents and saving lives.
In one of the NHTSA’s more recently released reports, officials have released some interesting facts and statistics regarding the incidence of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2012 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). In this blog series, we’ll highlight some of the most fascinating facts and statistics reported in the NHTSA’s fatal motor vehicle accident report.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents: General Statistics for 2012
The overall number of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2012 increased by nearly 6 percent from the number of collisions that reportedly occurred in the U.S. in 2011.
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents increased by just over 3 percent in 2012, jumping from 29,867 in 2011 to 30,800 in 2012.
- The number of actual fatalities also increased in these accidents. While there were reportedly 32, 479 deaths in 2011, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2012 was reportedly 33,561.
- Motorcycles are still considered to have the highest risk of death when compared to traveling by any other motor vehicle. In fact, while the occupant fatality rate for passenger vehicle occupants in 2012 was 0.89 (per 100 million), it was 23.27 for motorcycle riders.
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur in rural areas (as opposed to urban areas).
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident Stats by the Day
Every day in the U.S in 2012:
- 92 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred.
- 28 fatal motor vehicle accidents that involved alcohol impairment took place.
- 13 pedestrians died, and another 208 pedestrians were injured.
- Nearly 6,500 other individuals were hurt.
We will resume our discussion of the incidence of fatal motor vehicle accidents, according to recently published data from the NHTSA, in an upcoming second and third installment of this blog series – be sure to look for them!
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