The NHTSA and U.S. Department of Transportation recently unveiled their annual report on "Traffic Facts" from 2012. Included in the report is a detailed breakdown of traffic accidents, the victims of said traffic accidents, and a wide range of other national driving statistics that you may find interesting.
Among the staggering figures is the total number of Police-reported motor vehicle traffic accidents in 2012, coming in at an astonishing 5,615,000. Of the over 5 million accidents in 2012, 30,800 proved to be fatal, while 1,634,000 caused injuries.
With those numbers, that means approximately 30% of accidents in 2012 either led to injury or death for the occupants in the vehicle. That astounding figure really sheds light on how dangerous your vehicle can be, and how truly important it is to be a safe driver.
As for the victims in the accidents, nearly 10,000 motorcyclists and pedestrians were killed, making up for nearly 32% of all the victims that perished in car accidents in 2012. Again, these numbers shed light on how important it is to be wary of pedestrians and cyclists around your vehicle.
While these numbers are terrifying to say the least, it is the grim reality of our roadways today. We hope that these figures will provide the shock value needed to truly understand the gravity and responsibility of driving a vehicle.
We want you and your family to stay safe on the roadways, so please be a safe driver, and let's be a part of the movement that continues to make driving in the U.S. a safer endeavor for everyone.
Whether it is buckling up, driving the speed limit, or putting down your cell phone, make a change to be a safer driver today. Please do not wait any longer.