Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

March 14, 2014

Report shows collisions increasing each year


“Aggressive driving collisions (4,494) increased 4.1 percent in 2012 and have increased at an annualized rate of 2.8 percent since 2008. The total number of individuals killed or injured in aggressive driving crashes increased from 1,795 in 2011 to 1,951 in 2012 (8.7 percent). Thirty-six individuals were killed in 2012 in aggressive driving collisions.”

Accidents involving a driver who was speeding decreased at an annualized rate of 7.6 percent between 2008-12. “Total speed-related collisions (16,608) decreased 5.2 percent in 2012, down from 17,517 in 2011. While overall speeding collisions decreased in 2012, the number of traffic fatalities that occurred in speeding collisions increased 16.7 percent in 2012.”

The “total disregarding a signal collisions (4,009) increased 1.4 percent in 2012, but have decreased at an annualized rate of 2 percent since 2008. Collisions that involved a hit-and-run driver (23,050) followed a similar pattern, increasing 1.8 percent between 2011-12, but decreasing at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent between 2008-12. Crashes that involved a driver distracted by a cell phone decreased 3.1 percent from 1,168 in 2011 to 1,132 in 2012.

Unsafe driver actions represented the largest number (118,933) of collisions in 2012. Following too closely (30,799) and failure to yield right of way (29,452) accounted for the largest number of collisions, the document said.

There were 331,693 vehicles involved in Hoosier collisions that year. Passenger cars composed 60 percent of these vehicles, while sport utility vehicles composed nearly 14 percent and pickup trucks, 12 percent of those involved. Large trucks accounted for 4 percent of total vehicles in all collisions, but 11 percent of vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

Collisions involving motorcycles and mopeds increased 15.6 percent from 2011-12, while fatal collisions increased 24.8 percent, from 117 in 2011 to 146.

“Motorcycle and moped operators involved in crashes in 2012 were more likely to have previous driving offense convictions than other motor vehicle operators. Eighteen percent of moped operators had prior alcohol offenses, and 24.1 percent had prior licensing offenses, much higher than operators of other vehicles, including motorcycles,” the report noted.

Persons can view the entire document at

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.



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