After six consecutive years of decline, motor vehicle traffic fatalities increased in 2012.
According to data recently released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Ohio had one of the largest annual jumps in fatalities in the nation in 2012 and was among 37 states where the number of traffic fatalities rose last year, and only Texas saw a larger increase from 2011 to 2012.
Despite the general downward trend in overall fatalities in recent years, pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities have shown an upward trend. This was again the case in 2012, as motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities increased by 7 and 6 percent, respectively.
- The nation saw 1,082 more fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2012 than in 2011– a 3.3% increase.
- 73% of the increase in fatalities occurred in the first quarter of 2012. And of that first quarter increase, over half of the increase was from non-occupant and motorcyclist fatalities. It was also the warmest first quarter in history.
- The number of injured people saw its first large increase in recent years, with 145,000 more people injured in motor vehicle crashes than in 2011.
- The number of people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes increased by nearly 5%. In 2012, 10,322 people lost their lives in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
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