2012 Saw Increase in Traffic Fatalities in US

speeding vehicleThe National Safety Council has reported that the number of traffic fatalities in the United States increased during 2012.

For the last six years, traffic fatality rates have been in decline. However, after measuring the number of traffic accidents from the first six months of 2012, the council found that this period represented a higher number of traffic fatalities, compared to the rate for the same period in 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had provided preliminary reports providing similar information related to traffic fatalities. The administration reported that the first six months of 2012 saw more traffic fatalities, compared to the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2011, representing a 9 percent increase in fatalities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has seen a continuing trend of fewer traffic fatalities in recent years. However, this trend now appears to be reversing. The National Safety Council theorizes that the increase in traffic fatalities may be due to an improving economy.

The economy had previously suffered a recession, causing more people to rely on public transportation, carpooling, walking or other forms of transportation to get around. An improved economy has resulted in more individuals being on the roadways. This increased presence of motorists may translate to a higher risk of accidents for the motorists who are on the road.

In addition to an improved economy, other factors may be playing a role in this recent uptick in traffic fatalities. For example, some believe that distracted drivers are causing more accidents. The rate of accidents that are caused by distracted drivers has increased during recent history, along with the number of fatalities related to these types of accidents. At the same time that alcohol-related accidents have been decreasing, the number of distracted driving accidents has been increasing.

Traffic fatalities result in significant damages to the victims and their family. Property is destroyed and families must attempt to grasp the loss of a loved one for accidents that are often preventable.

Passengers in the accidents may sustain serious injuries in these fatal crashes, such as fractures, spinal injuries, brain injuries and other injuries that may lead to permanent disability or significant pain.

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