Posted on December 24, 2012 in Personal Injury
In 2011, 32,367 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., the lowest total since 1949, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The decline represents a 1.9 percent decrease in the number of fatalities in 2010 and a 26 percent decrease since 2005.
However, the number of bicyclists killed in traffic crashes rose 8.7 percent to 677, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes increased 3 percent in 2011 to 4,432 deaths, the number of motorcyclist fatalities increased 2.1 percent to 4,612.
A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2012 shows that an estimated 25,580 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 7.1 percent as compared to the 23,884 fatalities that occurred in the first nine months of 2011. The 7.1 percent increase is the largest such increase during the first nine months of the year since 1975 — the first year NHTSA started collecting detailed crash data.
Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first nine months of 2012 increased by about 14.2 billion miles, or about a 0.6-percent increase. The fatality rate for the first nine months of 2012 is estimated to increase to 1.16 fatalities per 100 million VMT as compared to 1.09 fatalities per 100 million VMT during the first nine months of 2011.
The Law Office of Daniel H. Rose is widely known as among the leading bicycle, pedestrian and San Francisco motorcycle accident lawyers, representing individuals and families in Northern California for more than 27 years.
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