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Monday, 20 October 2014 00:00

Auto Wrecks Dramatically Rise in Charlotte, NC

Charlotte's latest report shows a jump in car wrecks. The heavy rain last year could've been a contributing factor.

    Year     Miles driven   Collisions   

    2013    19.8 million    20,957
    2012    19.6 million    14,514
    2011    19.1 million    15,147
    2010    19.7 million    15,799
    2009    20.3 million    17,648
    2008    22.1 million    22,401

The number of vehicle crashes in Charlotte increased significantly in 2013 compared with 2012, despite people driving only slightly more miles, according to a recent city report.

Vehicle collisions were up 44 percent, with 20,957 in 2013 compared with 14,514 in 2012. The total number of vehicle miles driven in 2013 was 19.8 million miles, which is only 1 percent more miles than in 2012.

On the upside, the number of fatal collisions was 43 in 2013 compared with 44 a year earlier.

There were nine pedestrian deaths in 2013, down from 21 in 2012. The total number of pedestrian collisions with vehicles was 317, up from 299 a year earlier.

Information from article by Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver.com.

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