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Driving Fatalities Up 13.5 Percent in First Quarter of 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that an estimated 7,630 people died in automobile accidents in the first three months of this year - a 13.5 percent increase over the same time period last year.

EggCars_06092014There were 6,720 fatalities in the same period in 2011, and traffic fatalities had been on the decline in previous years.

If the estimates are confirmed, the numbers would represent the second largest year-to-year quarterly increase in automobile fatalities since 1975, when the government began tracking these statistics.

Officials do not have any concrete reasons for the increase in traffic fatalities this year.

Typically, the fatality rate is much lower in the first quarter compared with the rest of the year. Cold winter months keep more people inside and off the roads.

This year, the winter months were unseasonably warm. Since more people tend to drive when the weather is better, some analysts believe that this year's higher than normal temperatures may have contributed to the higher crash fatality rate.

Data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that there was an increase of 9.7 billion miles traveled in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 2011.

Whatever the reason for the additional fatalities this year, Jacob Nelson, the director of traffic safety advocacy and research with the Automobile Association of America, says that one thing is clear: "These data show there is more work to be done to improve driver safety such as limiting distractions, reducing impaired driving and promoting a culture of safety among motorists."

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Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
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Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
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Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
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300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
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Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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