US Traffic Fatalities Increased 5.3 Percent in 2012

US Traffic Fatalities Increased 5.3 Percent in 2012

For the first time in seven years, the number of fatalities on U.S. roadways increased 5.3 percent last year to 34,080 deaths, according to preliminary data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Though it may be alarming, NHTSA expected a growth in deaths since there are more motorists on the road thanks to an improving economy. Unfortunately, traffic deaths increased in every category from regional to seasonal. More bicyclists were killed on U.S. roads last year as well, with that figure rising 9 percent to 677 deaths. Even pedestrians were in the crosshairs with 4,280 deaths last year – 4 percent more. Most alarming is that almost 5,000 motorcyclists died last year, making up 14.7 percent of overall traffic fatalities.

Distracted driving is another reason why traffic fatalities have increased last year. According to a Mortality and Morbidity Report compiled by the CDC, distracted-driving related deaths rose 1.92 percent, killing 3,331 people in the latest year data is available.

NHTSA is looking to propose some safety laws in hopes to curb traffic fatalities in America. You can view the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) here.

[Source: AOL Autos]