Tuesday, March 19, 2013

More News on Crash Statistics

Warning: More articles than you probably want! It seems to be the time of year for data, so dive on in.

The 2013 Colorado Department of Transportation Problem Identification Report is now available. How does your county stack up to others? Where do you need to focus your programmatic and prevention efforts? 

The IIHS data outlines the circumstances for fatal crashes around the country. Frontal impacts accounted for 41% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2011 and side impacts accounted for 25%. Rollover crashes made up 35% of passenger vehicle occupant deaths, of which 55% involved single-vehicle crashes and 13% involved multiple vehicles.

The National Safety Council has announced its preliminary estimate that approximately 36,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2012. This marks a 5% upsurge from 2011 and is the first increase since 2004 to 2005. Colorado-specific data is not yet available for 2012, but we will keep you posted.

Rural States Struggle to Reduce Motor Vehicle Deaths: "Only 19% of Americans live in rural areas, but 55% of all road fatalities took place in the country, according to NHTSA's latest Traffic Safety Facts (2010 data). Traffic fatality rates have decreased twice as fast in rural areas as urban areas since 2000, but city and suburban roads are still safer."