U.S. Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Spike in First Quarter of 2012


After years of declining fatalities in motor vehicle accidents, the number of deadly collisions spiked in the first quarter of 2012.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 7,630 people were killed in traffic accidents in the first three months of 2012. That is a 13.5 percent increase over the same period in 2011.

If you are injured or a family member is killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

Although an NHTSA spokesperson said it was too early to speculate on contributing factors to the hike in traffic collision fatalities, the first-quarter 2012 numbers are the second-largest quarterly increase in deaths on a year-to-year basis since the government began tracking motor vehicle fatality figures in 1975.

The rise in fatalities comes amid efforts to build safer cars and restrict the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices that contribute to distracted driving. Another cause for concern over these numbers is that the crash fatality rate in the first quarter of each year is typically much lower than the rates for the subsequent three quarters.

If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a motor vehicle accident caused by the carelessness of another driver, please contact PersonalInjury.com to locate a qualified personal injury lawyer near you.