The Disaster Center's Motor Vehicle Accident Death and Injury data Index

  • Age of Persons Killed or Injured

  • Motor Vehicle Occupant Fatality and Injury Rates by Age Group, 1975-1997 per Year

  • Drivers Killed in Crashes, by Age and Driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration

  • Crashes by Crash Severity, 1988-1997

  • Persons Killed by Population, Drivers, Vehicles, and Miles Traveled, 1966-1997

  • Pedestrians Killed or Injured by Age and Sex

  • Persons Killed Vehicle Type by and Person Type 1975-1997

  • Occupants Killed and Injured, by Restraint Use and Type of Restraint

  • Persons Killed and Fatality Rates by State, 1996

  • Persons Killed, by State and Person Type
  • Risk of traffic death Ranked by State Population Persons Killed Person Type and Risk of Fatality per Thousand


    Motor vehicles accidents account for more deaths than all natural disasters combined.   In fact in the United States your chances of being injured in an motor vehicle accident is better than one in a thousand, in any one year.  If you are a male, than you are twice as likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than if you are a female.  Yet, if you are a female you are slightly more likely to be injured.   The ages of 16 and 24 are the most dangerous for both sexes.  Between the ages of 16 and 64 alcohol figures into over 20% of all fatal accidents,  and between the ages of 21 and 44 almost 50% of all fatalities.  Between the ages of 16 and 44 the fatality rate has declined since 1975.  The most significant decline being in the 16 - 20 age group.  About half of all property damage accidents result in injuries or fatalities.  Since 1966 the rate of fatalities by population has fallen around 40%, by numbers of drivers over 50%, and by numbers of miles driven by almost 70%.  We are driving allot more miles and driving is still safer.  As we are get older we are more likely to die as a pedestrian, but we are more likely to be injured the younger we are.  Approximately 15% of people who die because of motor vehicle accidents are pedestrians, bicyclists or other wise not in motor vehicles.  Over 2/3 rd's of people who die in vehicles are not properly wearing safety restraints.  Your risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident is almost five times more likely in Mississippi than in Massachusetts.  You are ten times more likely to die driving a motor cycle than if you are driving any other motor vehicle.

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    Source: Population Bureau of the Census. Totals may not equal sum of components due to rounding.
    Fatality and injury data by The Department of Transportation
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