The number of traffic accident fatalities that occurred in 2012 was a significant increase over 2011, and increases in the number of people killed in motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, is being blamed for that increase.
In 2012, there were 33,561 traffic accident fatalities which was an increase of 1,802 fatalities over the previous year. Much of that increase was attributed to an increase in the number of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians killed in accidents. In those three categories alone, there were 9,426 fatalities in 2012. Florida saw an increase of 24 fatalities from 2011.
Last year also saw significant numbers of people being killed in alcohol-related car accidents. About 10,322 people were killed in accidents blamed on an impaired driver.
Last year's data also marks an increase in traffic accident fatalities for the first time since 2005. The increase in traffic accident fatalities could be due to the fact that more people are driving now, with the recovering economy.
However, there is hope. There is reason to believe that 2003 fatality numbers are on a downward trend, although it is far too early to make any predictions.
There is no denying the fact that there has been little progress in reducing the number of people killed in pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle accidents. These are some of the most vulnerable people on our roads, and over the years, there seems to have been little progress in helping ensure their safety. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities in pedestrian accidents and motorcycle accidents actually increased for the three third consecutive year in 2012.
The federal agency is already planning strategic measures to reduce the number of traffic accident fatalities. The feds plan to speed up a program that would encourage auto manufacturers to install seat belt interlock systems to encourage seat belt use.