Traffic fatalities rose in 2012 for the first time since 2005, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But deaths still remain at historic lows, with current rates mirroring those from 1950.
There’s also evidence that the uptick in deaths during 2012 is a one-year phenomenon. Early estimates on crash deaths for the first half of 2013 suggest a decrease in deaths compared to that same time period during 2012.
“Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year, and while we’ve made substantial progress over the past 50 years, it’s clear that we have much more work to do,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “As we look to the future, we must focus our efforts to tackle persistent and emerging issues that threaten the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians across the nation.” Take a look at specific numbers from the report in the infographic below.