Motor vehicle deaths through August 2012 totaled 21,560, up 7% from the corresponding 8-month period in 2011 and up 5% from the 2010 figure. The August total for 2011 was 20,200, a 2% decrease from 2010; the 2010 figure was 4% 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 1.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, unchanged from the preliminary 2011 rate.
Medically consulted motor-vehicle deaths for the first eight months of 2012 are estimated to be about 2.2 million, unchanged from 29011. Medically consulted injuries are not comparable to previous disabling injury estimates.
The estimated cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage through August was $157 billion, a less than .5% increase from 2011. The costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs, and property damage.