Traffic Fatalities Increased 9% in the US in the First Half of 2012 image

According to Automotive News, traffic fatalities in the US have increased 9% in the first six months of this year.

More than 16, 290 people have died in car crashes from January to June, the highest number during the first 6 months of a year since 2009. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that the high figure may be caused by several various factors including the economy, weather, fuel prices, the increase in popularity of texting and synthetic drugs while driving.

A study released in July by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the death rate from motor vehicle crashes is lower than the US overall rate, 8.2 deaths compared to 11.1 deaths per 100,000 people. The study was made in 50 American large cities, which account for 54% of the US population, and only 40% of the total number of crash deaths.

Another recent study shows that car crashes were surpassed by suicide as the main cause of injury deaths. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health and was made by Ian Rockett, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University. He discovered that deaths caused by car crashes declined over the past 10 years, compared with suicide deaths which are increasing.