Motor vehicle deaths up 5 percent in 2012
Motor vehicle deaths in 2012 totaled 36,200, up 5 percent from 2011. This marks the first annual increase since 2004 to 2005, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
“The 2012 estimate is provisional and may be revised when more data are available,” according to an NSC written statement.
The total for 2012 was also up 2 percent from the 2010 figure. The annual
total for 2011 was 34,600, a 2-percent decrease from 2010, according to NSC. The 2010 figure was 2-percent lower than 2009.
The estimated annual population death rate is 11.49 deaths per 100,000 population, an increase of 4 percent from the 2011 rate, according to NSC.
The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.23 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an increase of 4 percent from the 2011 rate, according to NSC.
Medically consulted motor-vehicle injuries in 2012 are estimated to be about 3.9 million, a 5-percent increase from 2011. Medically consulted injuries are not comparable to previous disabling injury estimates, according to NSC.
The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in 2012
was $276.6 billion, a 5-percent increase from 2011. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage, according to NSC.