After two years of increased US traffic fatalities, 2022 saw a slight decrease in deaths, but it is still a ‘crisis’ in the US with 42,795 people who died in a car accident.
Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the number of fatalities dropped 0.3% from the 42,939 killed in 2021. Traffic deaths declined slightly in the fourth quarter, the third straight quarterly drop.
|NHTSA Estimates for First Nine Months of 2022 Suggest Roadway Fatalities Beginning to Level Off After Two Years of Dramatic Increases|
But they’re still close to 2021 numbers, which were the highest in 16 years.
Are Americans Driving More in 2022?
Americans continue to drive more than during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Which makes sense now that people are traveling by plane more and more. But Americans are still driving a lot.
Preliminary Federal Highway Administration data showed a 1.6% increase in vehicle miles traveled, or about 39 billion miles. As a result, the estimated fatality rate for the first nine months of 2022 decreased to 1.30 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, down from the projected rate of 1.32 fatalities during the same time in 2021.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently stated: “We continue to face a national crisis of traffic deaths on our roadways, and everyone has a role to play in reversing the rise that we experienced in recent years.”
The department has adopted a national safe systems strategy in an effort to reduce the deaths, including more than $800 million in grants to help communities with projects in high-crash areas, the agency said in a statement.
How Many Floridians Died in Car Accidents in 2022?
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 242,622 injuries from all crashes. 3,292 fatalities from all crashes. 9,741 crashes involving pedestrians resulting in 693 fatalities.
Is 2023 Looking Better for Car Accident Deaths than 2022?
Overall, Florida is looking similar in 2023 as 2022.
How Many Accidents Occur in Florida Everyday?
In 2022, there was an average of 1,050 accidents per day across the state of Florida. Additionally, there was an average of 668 injuries per day and nine fatalities per day.
What Are Common Reasons for Car Deaths Increasing?
In releasing statistics for 2021, DHSMV said speeding and impaired or distracted driving are on the rise.
Did Distracted Driving Accidents in Florida Increase in 2022?
Yes, distracted driving increased by nearly 12%. This is an update from earlier blog on 2022 Florida Auto Accidents statistics. DHSMV research showed a 12% increase in fatal crashes involving at least one distracted driver, with 3,522 people killed. Interestingly, DHSMV officials said such cases of distracted driving are likely underreported by police.
Did the Number of Pedestrians Killed In Florida Increase in 2022?
The number of pedestrians killed rose 13%, and cyclist fatalities were up 2% for the year. The number of unbelted passengers killed rose 8.1%, while fatalities involving alcohol-impaired driving were up 14%.
Did the Number of Speed Related Deaths in Florida Increase in 2022?
Speeding-related deaths increased 7.9%, while crash deaths involving large trucks weighing over 10,000 pounds were up 17%, the agency said.
NHTSA said in a statement that the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled also fell slightly in 2022 to 1.35, down from 1.37 in 2021. People are driving more as the coronavirus pandemic waned, with miles traveled increasing almost 1% over 2021.
How Did 2022 Compare to 2021 in Car Accident Fatalities in Florida?
As compared to the first half of 2021, fatalities decreased:
- 10% in children younger than 16
- 10% on urban collector and local roads
- 9% in vehicle rollover crashes
- 8% in people ages 16 to 24
- 7% in crashes involving passengers ejected from a vehicle
- 7% in unbelted people in passenger vehicles
- 2% in speeding-related crashes
As compared to the first half of 2021, fatalities increased:
- 12% on rural interstates
- 10% in crashes involving at least one large truck
- 8% among cyclists
- 5% among motorcyclists
- 2% among pedestrians
How Does 2022 Car Accidents Compare to the Years Prior?
The number of crashes and the number that resulted in injury for each year are as follows:
2022: 389,453 Total Crashes
- 248,025 Injuries
- 160,261 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2021: 401,540 Total Crashes
- 252,971 Injuries
- 163,956 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2020: 341,399 Total Crashes
- 212,432 Injuries
- 140,167 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2019: 401,867 Total Crashes
- 254,816 Injuries
- 167,020 Crashes Resulting in Injury
2018: 403,626 Total Crashes
- 255,353 Injuries
- 167,219 Crashes Resulting in Injury
What Percentage of Crash Result in Injury?
Interestingly, no matter the specific statistics, the percentage of crashes resulting in injury stays nearly the same at 41% yearly.
Which Months Are the Most Dangerous to Drive?
Most crashes occur in either March, October, or December.
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