The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that state traffic fatalities rose in 2012, the latest year for which complete statistics are available. About 779 people died that year compared to 751 in 2011. These accidents involved 1,107 drivers.
- This amounted to 11.92 fatalities per 100,000 people, compared to a rate of 10.69 for the entire country.
- Rural areas were far more dangerous with 522 deaths compared to 257 in urban areas. Most of the fatalities involved only a single vehicle and/or departure from the roadway.
- Nearly 40 percent of the fatalities were in passenger cars. About 11 percent were in pickup, 10 percent were in utility trucks and 6 percent were in vans.
- Speed was a factor in 185 fatalities. A Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or greater contributed to 32 percent of the state fatalities compared to 35 percent of the U.S. deaths.
- Motorcyclist fatalities numbered 152, with 32 of the riders being from 20 to 29 years old and another 32 being 30 to 39. Only 2 deaths affected those 20 and under. About 30 of the fatalities were helmeted and 116 were unhelmeted.
- About 59 pedestrians died. And 15 bicyclists were killed.
- Not surprisingly Marion County, the most populous, had the highest number of fatalities with 10 percent of the total. Lake County was next with 5 percent, followed by Allen County with 3 percent.