Motor vehicle crashes and traffic fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities, according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Transportation annual report.
The increase in crashes, and the resulting fatalities and injuries, can be seen across many crash categories – vehicle type, alcohol impairment, location of crash, etc – and does not seem to be associated with any one particular issue.
There was, however, a decline in several traditional risk factor categories. For example, young drivers involved in fatal crashes continue to decline, as they have since 2005.
According to the report, the nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011, marking a 3.3 percent increase. The fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled (VMT) increased 3.6 percent to 1.14 in 2012.
Overall, an estimated 2.36 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, compared to 2.22 million in 2011 according to NHTSA’s National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) General Estimates System (GES), an increase of 6.5 percent.
Information from this report should not only serve, as a reminder to drive safely, but as a constant reminder of the benefits a life insurance policy has to offer. Accidents can affect people of all ages and health categories, but a life insurance policy can be set up to protect one’s family, if something were to happen.
Keep in mind that life insurance rates are currently at an industry all-time long, which makes getting a policy even easier.