By Willard P. Techmeier - lead attorney at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently reported that the number of people killed in automobile crashes increased significantly in 2012. The new numbers represent the first time there has been an increase in the number of automobile related fatalities in the past six years.
The NHTSA numbers show that 32,479 people were killed in automobile crashes in 2011. In 2012, that number increased to 33,561, an increase of just over 3%. Injuries also increased from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, about 2.36 million people suffered injuries in crashes compared to 2.22 million people suffered injuries in 2011.
The number of fatal automobile accidents decreased steadily from 2006 through 2011. In 2005 there were 43,510 fatalities resulting from vehicle crashes in United States. Between 2005 and 2011, fatalities decreased by about 25%. Though the 2012 statistics show that there’s been a slight increase since 2011, the total number of fatalities is still a significant improvement over the 2005 numbers.
The recent NHTSA figures also show an increase in the injury and fatality rate per mile driven. In 2011, the injury rate per 1 million miles traveled was 75. This means that for every 1 million miles travelled in a vehicle that year, 75 people suffered injuries. In 2012, the injury rate increased to 80 for every 1 million miles traveled, a rise of nearly 7%.
The fatality rate per million miles traveled also increased between 2011 and 2012. In 2012 there were about 1.14 fatalities for every million miles traveled, compared to 1.1 in 2011.
The NHTSA numbers show that fatal accidents increased across the board. The increase affected drivers and passengers of a variety of vehicles, as well as pedestrians and pedal-powered cyclists.
About Willard P. Techmeier
Willard P. Techmeier is the lead attorney at the Cochran Firm Wisconsin, where he focuses his practice on personal injury and medical malpractice law. He has been recognized by Milwaukee Magazine as one of the area’s top personal injury lawyers and has been listed by the Super Lawyers peer-rating service since 2006. He is a certified civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a certified civil pretrial practice advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Advocacy. He is a 1970 graduate of the Marquette University Law School. In his spare time, Will and his wife, Paulette M. Friesch, who also practices in the firm, enjoy traveling.