In October, we saw from federal government statistics that fatal trucking accidents increased in 2011 over 2010. Unfortunately, the news for 2012 hasn’t gotten any better. The just-released statistics for 2012 show that the number of people killed in commercial trucking crashes increased once again.
On November 14, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2012 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, which is an annual examination of fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents. Overall, the report shows that 33,561 people died on the nation’s roads in 2012. That’s an increase of a little more than 3 percent. Put another way, 1,082 more people died in traffic accidents over the previous year.
This represents the country’s first year-to-year increase in motor vehicle accident deaths since 2005.
More specifically, tractor-trailers posed even more dangers to other motorists in 2012 than in 2011. The number of men, women and children killed in large commercial truck accidents increased 3.7 percent in 2012. A total number of 3,921 people died in such crashes. Even worse, the number of occupants killed in other vehicles – those not in the trucks – increased 4.8 percent.
Alcohol-Related Driving Accident Deaths Increased in Missouri and Illinois
Other significant numbers from the 2012 federal report on traffic accident deaths:
• The number of people killed in accidents involving alcohol was 10,322, an increase of 4.6 percent. The majority of these fatal crashes included drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of almost double the legal limit.
• In Missouri, the number of people killed in drunk-driving accidents increased 8.5 percent. In Illinois, that number jumped 15 percent
• The number of motorcyclists killed in crashes increased for the third straight year – 7.1 percent over 2011
• The number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents increased 6.4 percent. That’s the third consecutive rise in pedestrian deaths.
Regardless of the type of crash, if your loved one was a victim of a fatal trucking or motor vehicle accident, an experienced attorney can sort through the circumstances to identify those responsible and hold them accountable for your loss.