Spring is believed to be the season of more crashes. During 2016, 128,525 vehicle crashes occurred. They caused 67,292 injuries and 761 fatalities, according to preliminary data.* It has been widely believed that the number of crashes and fatalities increases sharply during the spring and summer months. The increase is often attributed to the number of teen drivers on the roads, the presence of more motorcycles on our highways, and the general increase in traffic due to summer travel. But what does the data indicate?
Although based upon preliminary data, the following chart shows crash data by month of 2016. The report indicates that more crashes occur after March. The number of crashes does not fall off, however, with the end of summer. We should expect, certainly, that the number of crashes in a given month is affected by holiday travel and inclement weather. [Read more…]