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New Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics Signal Need for Safer Driving

New Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics Signal Need for Safer Driving

June 11, 2018

 

After a long snowy winter, Michigan drivers are taking to the roads in increasing numbers. Before heading out for vacation or a day at one of our state’s beautiful parks or beaches, take a look at the latest traffic accident statistics from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

While traffic fatalities decreased 3% from last year, there were still 1,028 deaths in 2017. This marks the second year in a row that more than 1,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The death toll in 2016 was 1,064. Although the total number of injuries decreased by 2%, crashes and serious injuries rose by 1% and 8%, respectively.

Injury Type20162017Percent Change
Injuries79,724 78,394 - 2 %
Crashes312,172314,921 + 1 %
Serious Injuries5,6346,084 + 8 %

Of the 314,921 crashes in 2017, M Route 64,245 occurred on local roads and routes rather than interstate highways. 190 of these crashes resulted in deaths, while 12,082 were injury accidents.  

Michigan Traffic Crashes20172016201520142013
Crashes314,921312,172297,023298,699289,061
Injuries78,39479,72474,15771,37871,031
Fatalities1,0281,064963876N/A

Here are some other recently-released statistics regarding motor vehicle fatalities in Michigan during 2017:

  • Deaths from alcohol-related crashes increased 32 %, from 271 in 2016 to 359 in 2017
  • Bicyclist fatalities decreased 45%, from 38 in 2016 to 21 in 2017
  • Teen fatalities from auto accidents were down 32%, from 94 in 2016 to 64 in 2017
  • Deaths involving commercial motor vehicles decreased 21%, from 120 in 2016 to 95 in 2017
  • Motorcyclist fatalities decreased 3%, from 141 in 2016 to 137 in 2017
  • Pedestrian fatalities went down 4%, from 165 in 2016 to 158 in 2017
  • Fatalities from deer-related accidents increased 21%, from 14 in 2016 to 17 in 2017
  • Drug-related crashes increased from 2,667 in 2016 to 2,880 in 2017. Fatalities also rose from 236 in 2016 to 246 in 2017.

On a national level, the National Safety Council reports a 1% drop in motor vehicle fatalities, with 40,100 deaths in 2017. However, with 40,037 traffic deaths in 2016, last year was the second year in a row that the death toll from motor vehicle accidents topped 40,000.

“Remember that July and August are the deadliest months for drivers,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. “Make sure everyone in the car is wearing seatbelts, and avoid cell phones and other distractions while driving.”

Summer Safety Tips

Share the road safely

Keep a safe distance when driving behind a motorcycle, and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Stay alert

Take regular breaks during long trips, and stop for the night if you find yourself too tired to drive safely.

Prepare for the unexpected

Keep an emergency roadside kit in the car, and carry a spare battery and charger for your cell phone.

Don’t drive distracted

Refrain from texting, making calls, eating, fussing with your radio or GPS system or anything else that takes your hands, mind or eyes off the road.

Maintain your vehicle

Make sure your vehicle is in good working order before taking to the road. Check brakes, horn, tires, turn signals and other safety features.

Accidents happen, even to the most cautious drivers. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle crash, call us immediately. The experienced auto accident lawyers at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm will fight to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.

Call 1-800-CALL-SAM today for a free consultation.

Sources:

  • https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatality-estimates
  • http://publications.michigantrafficcrashfacts.org/2017/At_a_Glance_2017.pdf
  • https://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/2017_Year-End_for_Web_621451_7.pdf