The latest crash statistics show Michigan traffic deaths reached a 16-year high in 2021, when 1,131 people died in accidents across the state. This was a 4% increase over 2020, when 1,083 were killed on Michigan roadways despite reduced traffic due to the pandemic. In addition, the number of people injured in car and truck accidents rose 17% last year, from 60,986 in 2020 to 71,246 in 2021.
This year, the deadly trend may be experiencing a slight slowdown, with 628 people killed and approximately 3,000 seriously injured in Michigan traffic accidents during the first seven months of 2022.
Here are the facts behind these alarming statistics along with some tips for staying safe behind the wheel.
Here are the highlights of the most recent crash statistics released by Michigan State Police:
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The national motor vehicle crash statistics were more dire than the data reported in Michigan. For example, accident fatalities nationwide rose 10.5 percent last year compared to a 4 percent increase in Michigan traffic deaths. In 2021, 42,915 people died in accidents across the U.S. The highest number of nationwide crash fatalities occurred in 1972, when 54,589 people died in traffic accidents.
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According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, driver behavior plays a role in nearly 90 percent of all fatal accidents, which have steadily increased since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Traffic safety analysts attribute this rise in fatalities to a concurrent escalation of reckless behaviors such as excessive speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and failing to wear seat belts.
Consequently, two of the most effective ways to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries are to implement education and enforcement programs aimed at:
Despite countless studies showing that seat belts save lives, many drivers and passengers still do not use them. Of those killed while driving or riding in motor vehicles last year, 44 percent were not wearing seat belts.
While the majority of those fatalities were drivers and passengers sitting in the front seat, 17 rear-seat passengers not wearing seat belts were also killed. Therefore, it is important to wear a seat belt whenever you are in a moving vehicle, regardless of where you are sitting.
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Drunk and drugged driving
In 31.5 percent of all fatal crashes during 2021, at least one driver, driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian had been drinking.
20.2 percent of these accidents involved alcohol only, 13 percent involved drugs but no drinking, and 11.2 percent involved both drinking and drugs.
Of the 336 alcohol-involved fatal crashes, 214 (63.7 percent) involved one vehicle. This is a 17.6 percent increase from last year’s figure of 182 single vehicle, alcohol-involved fatal crashes.
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