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An Analysis of 2012 Oregon Fatal Auto Accident Statistics

The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles is involved with more than emission requirements, long lines and cash only transactions. Indeed, it serves a number of very important functions, such as statistic gathering.
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    PORTLAND, OR, December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles does a whole lot more than just make our lives miserable with emission requirements, long lines and cash only transactions. Indeed, it serves a number of very important functions, both to Oregon auto accident attorneys and the public at large.

One of those functions is statistic gathering. Every year the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles' Crash Analysis and Reporting Unit compiles and releases statistics on Oregon car crashes of all types including those involving fatal car accidents on Oregon's roads.

There were a total of 305 fatal auto wrecks on Oregon's roads. Twenty of them involved vehicle rollover crashes. One-third of the accidents involved crashes into stationary objects, and four involved crashes with animals--a common fear for rural drivers that, at least in 2012, wasn't usually a fatal issue.

Sixty of the fatal accidents on Oregon's roads last year involved pedestrian accidents. That number is alarmingly high, particularly in light of all of the attention and awareness being paid to walkability.

Same issue with respect to bicyclists. Portland, Oregon is one of Oregon's most walkable cities. Awareness is everywhere, literally, sometimes to the chagrin of some drivers. The fatality statistics were much lower, though, in 2012 for cyclists. Only 10 bicycle accidents in Oregon resulted in a fatality.

Overall, fatal motor vehicle wrecks in Oregon were down in 2012, and as the DMV itself reports, the statistics that are being used to track them are improving year over year.

Thoughts and prayers to all of those who lost family members or loved ones in the last year to a tragedy on Oregon's roads. Here's hoping for a safe 2013 and beyond.

Sarah Nelson, P.C., is based in Portland, representing injured people across Northern Oregon. We provide legal help on personal injury involving auto accident, brain injury, medical malpractice and more. Attorney Sarah Nelson's mission in every case is to provide the highest quality of representation to her personal injury clients and maximum recovery with minimal hassle means having a lawyer who cares about you as an individual. Call us at 503-417-4227 for a consultation today.

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