Motor-vehicle deaths up 8% in first seven months of 2012.
Motor-vehicle deaths through July of 2012 totaled 20,880. This figure is up 8% from the corresponding 8-month period in 2011. The July figure for 2012 was up 7% from the 2010 figure. The July total for 2011 was 19,300, a 1% decrease from 2010. The 2010 figure was 6% lower than 2009. The estimated annual population death rate is 11.8 deaths per 100,000 population, an increase of 5% from the preliminary 2011 rate. The estimated annual mileage death rate is 1.3 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, an increase of 8% from the preliminary 2011 rate.
Medically consulted motor-vehicle injuries for the first seven months of 2012 are estimated to be about 2.1 million, an increase of 11% from 2011. Medically consulted injuries are not comparable to previous disabling injury estimates.
The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage through July was $152.0 billion, a 15% increase from 2011. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.
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