Per Nat’l Safety Council — Motor-vehicle deaths up 5% in 2012

National Safety Council has release its preliminary report on MVC (Motor Vehicle Crash) data for 2012.

  • “Motor-vehicle deaths in 2012 totaled 36,200, up 5% from 2011 and marking the first annual increase since 2004 to 2005. The 2012 estimate is provisional and may be revised when more data are available.”
  • “The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage in 2012 was $276.6 billion, a 5% increase from 2011. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.”

This report follows on our initial reporting from October 2012 ( which cited NHTSA reporting showing the largest spike in crashes since 1975 (when stats started being recorded in this format). 

The NSC data confirm that the first quarter of the year drove the average up considerably with double-digit increases in crash and fatality activity.

NSC Stats for 2012

The critical issue is determining what drove that increase — what happened during November 2011 to December 2011 that would have led to increased crash stats in January 2012 thru the end of March 2012 (especially with a milder winter than normal).

Additionally, why, after years of declines in crashes and fatalities (the same years that we had a significant economic downturn) did we see such a spike despite the enormous expansion of telematics units deployed, camera in cabin systems, and other safety programs in place?  Did the management teams fail to heed the warnings of these systems, did the operational climate shift from one of “driver surplus/cargo shortage” to “cargo surplus/driver shortage”

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