Our sister site, AOL Autos, reports more people are dying in car accidents in the US than ever before. Fatalities jumped by 5.3 percent last year to 34,080 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The increase is due in part to the fact that Americans are also driving more than ever before, covering 0.3-percent more miles in 2012 than 2011. NHTSA says that may be due to the fact that modern vehicles offer better fuel efficiency than before, and thus allow drivers to cover greater distances for the same money.

Motorcycle fatalities accounted for 14.7 percent of all traffic deaths, with 5,000 riders dying last year alone. The Governors Highway Association says many of those deaths could have been prevented with proper helmet laws. Right now, 31 states don't require riders to wear helmets. Pedestrian deaths also increased by 4 percent to 4,280, and deaths attributed to distracted driving jumped by 1.92 percent to 3,331 people.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 91 Comments
      Car Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I rarely post on Autoblog anymore because the quality has dropped so dramatically but the headline to this story is just an outright lie and compelled me to post. Vehicle fatalities reached its peak in the late 60s - early 70s with nearly 54,000 dead yearly during that time. Since the early 80's the number of deaths as steadily decreased to the levels we have now - in the low 30,000's. So comparing the 60s to now, how can Autoblog/ALO possibly say "More drivers than ever are dying on US roads"??? Is anybody over there checking any facts??? Apparently not.
      jibwagon06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its amazing how untrue the headline is.......It took a 10 second google search to see that the 60s/70s had almost double the number of traffic deaths that we have now. Cmon AB. Dont lose your credibility with articles like this garbage.
      marcma153
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fatalities jumped by 5.3 percent last year...The increase is due in part to the fact that Americans are also driving more than ever before, covering 0.3-percent more miles in 2012 than 2011. Or maybe it's because texting while driving has become so common. Can't count the number of times i've seen someone drifting lanes, doing 50 in a 70, etc. just to pass them and see them glued to their phones.
        Israel Isassi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marcma153
        I got cut off the other day on the freeway and the guy suddenly slowed to under 50 MPH. When I managed to get next to him, he was looking straight down and clicking away.
      C.M.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This information is incorrect. The yearly fatalities in the U.S. in the '60s and '70s were over 50,000.
        Wendell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @C.M.
        This is what happens when "reporters" don't bother doing any fact checking before they publish because on the web it is so easy to fix. It also helps that they are barey aware of any history especially in the areas they write about.
          A P
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Wendell
          A journalist should at least APPEAR to be unbiased and somewhat competent. But half these bylines are not real people anyway, just fake names used by AB to promote their pro advertiser agenda. I have friends that work at REAL car magazines and they have never heard of half of the AB "journalists"...they dont see them at events etc. AB is pure German car company paid for fiction,.
      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the entirety of "ever" is now just 2011- present?
      RR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog badly needs a fact checker. This article is spectacularly incorrect. Automotive fatalities are dramatically lower now than in in decades past. Look it up: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/01/us/01driving.html?_r=0
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RR
        That NYT article is from 2011. This AB article addresses the 5% increase in fatalities between 2011 and 2012.
      bretaa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Deeply irresponsible headline and article tone for all of the reasons so many outline below. I would hope Autoblog will issue a correction on this...
      Aaron C
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we could cut down on deaths, if this country spent more time teaching people how to actually drive, rather than just teaching people the rules of the road. There's a reason insurance companies give discounts to people who take a defensive driving class at a racetrack. That's just one of many things that could help. Also, why at 70mph do people think its ok to have only a few car lengths between them.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron C
        Good points. Also, why do people feel the need to basically camp out in the left lane while barely going the speed limit while checking their brakes every few seconds as they ride someone else's bumper. At the same time, there are 4 cars in the right lane with about 10 car lengths between them. Finally, I get annoyed pass them in the right lane, and as I do so, I can't help but notice that half of them are on their dang cell phones while the rest seem to be in some sort of daze and don't have a care in the world. It really gets on my nerves and is an accident waiting to happen. It's as though people view moving over to the right lane to let someone pass is beneath them, are too lazy to be attentive drivers, or are just plain selfish.
          Aaron C
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          hey was your motorcycle friend hit by a Ferrari by chance?
          SouthernGuy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Selfish - it is the overwhelming modern phenomena of "I am the only thing that counts."
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Relative to total population, US traffic deaths are at approximately 1 per 10,000 per year. The last time the rate was this low was 1918. See Wikipedia (U.S. traffic deaths as fraction of total population 1900-2010.png). Let's acknowledge this propaganda when we see it and admit that much of what the mainstream media (AOL) is publishes now is simply bullshit. Is this an advocacy piece for NHTSA?
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        And even after being proved blatantly wrong, the article stays up uncorrected. I guess the check hasn't cleared yet.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        The population didn\'t increase by 5% from 2011 to 2012. How do you account for the 5% increase in fatalities?
        John Hritz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David
        Nice catch, David. They failed to normalize their data by population growth.
      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's definitely not more drivers than ever...where are you getting this silliness from? It's more than the year before but nowhere near where fatalities were in the 90s.
      Jarod Forney
      • 1 Year Ago
      "more drivers than ever dying on us roads" since when was 2011 the beginning of time? Did you just delete the crazy 90's or 70's?
      Soul Shinobi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha the guy in the tux
    • Load More Comments