Fatal traffic accidents up 13.5% in first quarter of 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that there car accident deaths were up 13.5% in the first quarter of 2012.

In the first quarter of this year, preliminary data shows that 7,630 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents compared with 6,720 deaths in the first quarter of 2011. This is the biggest spike in motor vehicle deaths since 1979.

The NHTSA does not explain why there is a spike in car accident deaths and we see a lot of speculation as to the cause:

  • A milder winter which encouraged people to drive more.
  • A strengthening economy.
  • Driver distraction due to cell phones and other mobile devices.

Ray LaHood, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, estimates that driver distraction may be a factor in 1 of 11 traffic accident deaths every year.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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