Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox encourages safe driving to a safe life and lower costs amid the increase in reported car accidents.
“Consistent with an unfortunate trend we’ve seen over the past few years, Michigan State Police have once again reported a significant increase in traffic crashes in Michigan,” Fox said. “We urge Michiganders to slow down, drive safely, and obey all traffic laws to help reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries. Safe driving also helps reduce the risk of severe financial hardship, as vehicle repair and replacement costs remain higher than normal. “
Information recently released by the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center shows that, by 2022, Michigan will see an increase in several traffic crash statistics, including:
- 4% increase in motor vehicle accidents overall.
- 28% increase in work zone crashes, including a 15% increase in work zone fatalities.
- 4% increase in motorcyclist deaths.
The number of traffic deaths decreased in 2022 by 1% to 1,123. Traffic deaths among teenagers decreased by 34% to 55 deaths in 2022, while the percentage of alcohol-related deaths also fell by 10% from 357 deaths in 2021 to 322 in 2022.
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