While traffic deaths remain at historic lows, 2012 saw an increase in the
number of fatalities on U.S. roadways. As San Diego
car accident attorneys, we hope that the latest figures are not the start of a backwards
trend in terms of road safety.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration,
highway fatalities rose to 33,561 in 2012, which represents 1,082 more
traffic deaths than occurred in 2011. It is also the first such increase
in five years.
“As a public health and safety agency, any increase in the number
of deaths is cause for concern. While we’re seeing some unfortunate
trends, we’re also seeing progress in some parts of the country,”
said NHTSA Administrator David L. Strickland. “We will continue
to work closely with our federal, state and local partners to change the
way motorists behave on our roadways and build public awareness of key
issues that have the potential to save many lives.”
Below are several key safety concerns revealed in the
Pedestrians: Fatalities climbed 6.4 percent over 2011 figures, which represents the
third straight year of increased pedestrian deaths. Risk factors included
non-intersections, urban environments, nighttime, and alcohol impairment.
motorcycle accidents also continue to increase. The 7.1 percent spike represents the third
consecutive year of rising fatalities.
Impaired Driving: Traffic fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers increased 4.6 percent
in 2012. In the majority of the accidents, the drivers’ blood-alcohol
content was nearly double the legal limit.
Distracted Driving: While deaths associated with distracted driving crashes dipped slightly
in 2012, the number of injuries increased 9 percent.
Seat belt use: Drivers frequently do not buckle-up at night. In fatal nighttime crashes
in 2012, almost two-thirds of the victims were unrestrained.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor
vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to
San Diego personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for
a free consultation.