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Latest Statistics Show Increase in Auto Fatalities Following Drop

The cost and crashworthiness of vehicles as well as drivers’ safety habits affect the cost of auto insurance...
March 19, 2013

The cost and crashworthiness of vehicles as well as drivers’ safety habits affect the cost of auto insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011, 32,367 people died in motor vehicle crashes, down 1.9 percent from 32,999 in 2010 to the lowest level since record keeping began in 1949.

However, according to a statistical analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities rose 7.1 percent in the first nine months of 2012, compared with the first nine months of 2011. Vehicle miles traveled in the first nine months of 2012 increased about 0.6 percent, and the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is estimated to have increased to 1.16 fatalities, compared with 1.09 fatalities in the first nine months of 2011.

Since the first documented crash death in 1899, more than 30 million people worldwide have died in traffic crashes.

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