Automotive News reports U.S. traffic fatalities have increased by nine percent during the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2011. A total of 16,290 people have died in road accidents between January and June, and while the figures have yet to be verified, they may represent the most deaths during the first six months of a year since 2009.
The data comes courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has not ventured a hypothesis on the factors behind the increase. Automotive News indicates other safety groups believe the jump could be attributable to culprits as wide ranging as the weather, the economy and fuel prices. A spike in the popularity of synthetic drugs and texting while driving could also be to blame.

It could be more than a year before NHTSA releases vetted figures, complete with the causes behind them.


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      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      How does the economy and fuel prices cause more traffic deaths? Oh wait, all those Prius's driving dangerously slow causing a sea of traffic accidents around them. It all makes sense now.
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      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      My theory, high gas prices making people buy smaller cars that aren't as crash worth. We have a president that said he had no problem with high gas prices because he wanted to be more like Europe. So yes, the president is indirectly killing people by not drilling.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Except pretty much everyone agrees that drilling wouldn't reduce our fuel prices for a variety of reasons, so yeah... nice try.
        gop.hates.america
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Absolutery true. President personally sets the gas prices, just like he sets the price of McChicken sandwich. Gas prices have nothing do to with free markets, the uprest in middle east and the fact that developing countries are using more oil.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats what you get for giving everyone a drivers license
      gop.hates.america
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is totally Obama's fault. His failed policies have created millions of jobs. Now, more people can afford cars. Plus GM is selling cars in record numbers. More cars = more accidents = more deaths. We need to vote this president out.
        gop.hates.america
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Here's how Romney will fix this problem. He will raise our taxes. We will buy fewer cars, and also trevel less to save gas money. He will give that money to the top 1% as tax breaks. They all will buy their personal planes, thus reducing congestion on road. Repeat after me - Tax breaks for the rich = less accidents. Robmey 2012!
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        What are you babbling about now? I don't see how anything in your posts pertains to a rise in traffic deaths. Why do you even bother coming to this site. You never come here to talk about cars, so take your political rants elsewhere. There are plenty of other places to talk about politics, but this really isn't the site for that.
      Chris Gaton
      • 2 Years Ago
      How long until someone blames President Obama for this........?
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      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      More people are driving to their jobs now compare to 2009?
        gop.hates.america
        • 2 Years Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Exactly. Plus more people able to affors cars compared to 2009. This is why we need to vote for Mitt Robmey.
      Bloomsbury
      • 2 Years Ago
      I blame a lot of it on in-car distractions (more people using touchscreen phones whilst driving) and also poor car maintenance due to people trying to save money. I see so many wrecks on the road... people with lights out, non-roadworthy tires, bad rust etc. Last week I saw a pick-up that was crabbing so bad due to accident damage that he couldn't get above 25mph, I also saw a cop car drive right past it and not blink an eye.
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see the famously coward "political correctness police" came in like the Gestapo to clean house...idiot Americans affraid to tell the truth. Shame on this once revolutionary nation ,,,pfffuy
      digiboi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clearly the fault of the electronic billboards over the highway advertising the number of deaths...everyone loves a score chase.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to take a shot in the dark on this one and say that it was probably the weather. When looking at the first few months of 2011 and 2012, the only thing noticeably different was the weather. We had a much milder winter this year. Now, I don't know about the rest of you folks, but I tend to be a lot more cautious, and drive slower when I am worried about snow and ice than when it's 50 something outside.
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