Michigan had 293,341 traffic crashes in 2022, which resulted in the death of 1,123 individuals.

Last year’s crash total marked a 4% increase from 2021, though it was an improvement from the years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted travel patterns in 2020, according to the state’s annual traffic crash report published Wednesday, June 28.

Michigan reported 1% fewer traffic fatalities in 2022 compared to the year prior (1,131), however traffic deaths have increased more than 14% since 2019 and the 2022 total was the second-most in a year over the last decade. Out of 365 days in 2022, there were only 23 days in which Michigan did not report a single traffic fatality.

In a recent national report, traffic safety experts indicated the increase in road deaths are likely a result of people taking greater risks including speeding, impaired and distracted driving, and reduced seatbelt and helmet use.

However, Michigan reported fewer drug-related, alcohol-related, and distracted driving crashes in 2022 than in 2021. In fact, those totals were also improvements from 2018 and 2019.

The state did see a year-over-year increase in crashes involving bicycles and pedestrians. Motorcycle crashes declined slightly, however motorcycle deaths increased 4%.

There were also year-over-year increases in:

  • Work-zone crashes — 28% from 5,814 to 7,436.
  • Train-involved crashes — up 16% from 56 to 65.
  • School bus-involved crashes — up 33% from 785 to 1,041.
  • Deer-involved crashes — up 13% from 52,218 to 58,984.
  • Deaths from crashes in which drivers were fleeing police — up 167% from nine to 24.

A recent report from the national transportation research nonprofit group TRIP identified 1,133 total traffic deaths for Michigan in 2022. Their count was 10 higher than Michigan State Police’s tally. A spokesperson for MSP said TRIP used an estimate from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and that the MSP data from Wednesday’s report is most accurate.

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