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US Traffic Accident Deaths Rise in First Half of 2012

Posted in Blog on May 25, 2013

Traffic accident fatality numbers in the United States are back up again, after a few years of consecutive dips in these rates.  According to new statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people who were killed in traffic accident fatalities during the first half of 2012 was approximately 9% higher than the number killed in accidents during the same period the previous year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it is far too early to point out any reasons for the increase in fatality numbers.  The agency says that it will wait till the end of the year when the final statistics are released, before it analyses the data.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does estimate that the number of fatalities in the first half of 2012 is still at least 20% lesser than the fatality numbers that were seen during the first 6 months of 2006.  In other words, there has been tremendous progress made in saving lives in traffic accidents over the past few years.

Additionally, the agency believes that it is unfair to compare this year’s fatality numbers to those of last year, because in 2011, the fatality numbers dropped to their lowest level in decades.

The fatality data for 2012 has not been detailed based on the type of automobiles or trucks involved in these accidents, so it’s difficult to speculate on the reasons for the increase.   It’s possible that the spike is linked to the fact that there has been little progress in reducing the number of accidents caused by cell phone use and texting while driving.  Moreover, the recovering economy has meant more numbers of motorists on the road, and higher freight activity than during the darkest days of the recession. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.

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