Crashes took 35,092 lives in the U.S. in 2015.
December 10, 2015
Stronger economy can mean more fatalities
Historical data point to the economic recovery as a likely cause of the recent rise in crash deaths.
January 29, 2015
Death rates fall as vehicles improve
Drivers of late-model vehicles are a third less likely to die in crashes than they were a few years ago, but the gap between the best and worst vehicles remains wide.
November 20, 2012
Older drivers won't push up crashes
The expected growth in the population of older drivers isn't going to cause insurance claim rates to skyrocket even though older drivers tend to crash more than middle-aged ones, a HLDI analysis shows.
June 9, 2011
SUV death rates fall
Drivers in all types of vehicles are less likely to be killed in crashes than in the past. The change has been especially dramatic for SUVs.
Researchers look for ESC differences
ESC is working as intended under a new federal requirement, IIHS concludes following track tests.
November 3, 2010
Crash deaths still falling
Traffic deaths have fallen to their lowest levels since 1950, new federal data show.
September 17, 2009
Crash deaths at lowest level since 1975
The struggling economy has continued to benefit highway safety, with crash deaths falling 10 percent in 2008.
April 19, 2007
Death rates vary widely by model
Some passenger vehicles have much higher driver death rates than others. The average rate for 2004 and equivalent models was 79 per million registered vehicle years.
November 21, 2006
Road death toll rises
More people died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads in 2005 than in any year since 1990. Much of the increase can be pinned on motorcycles.
August 10, 2006
Safer vehicles cause deaths to fall
The designs of passenger vehicles have been improving for years, becoming more protective of their occupants in crashes. Without these improvements, the motor vehicle death rate per registered vehicle would have stopped declining in 1994 and started going up.
April 22, 2006
Bad statistics lead to misinformation
Changes in death rates are often used to evaluate highway safety policies without properly accounting for factors such as changing demographics and traffic congestion.
Better vehicle designs push down deaths
New research shows that improved vehicle designs are responsible for the decrease in driver death rates since the mid-1990s.
March 19, 2005
Driver death rates vary widely by model
The average driver death rate for 1999-2002 models was 87 per million registered vehicle years. Small cars and small and midsize SUVs tended to have the highest death rates.
July 1, 2004
July 4 is deadliest day of the year on the road
The upcoming Independence Day holiday is when the most motor vehicle deaths occur, based on experience during 1986-2002. Each year on this holiday, an average of 161 people die in crashes. This is about 40 percent more crash deaths than occur on an average day. The second worst day for crash deaths during 1986-2002 was July 3.
March 27, 2004
Crashes are top cause of worker deaths
Nearly 12,000 workers died in crashes between 1992 and 2000, a new report details.
August 17, 2002
Cost of crashes skyrockets
Motor vehicle crashes cost the United States more than $230 billion in 2000, NHTSA estimates.
November 15, 2001
Women’s driving, crashes rise
Women are involved in more fatal crashes than they used to be because they're driving more. Per mile, they crash much less often than men.
August 19, 2000
Death rates by model span huge range
The average death rate for 1997 and equivalent earlier models is 89 per million registered vehicle years, but the rate for some vehicles is up to 3 times as high.
July 17, 1999
On toll roads, rates of multiple-vehicle crashes for trucks exceed rates for passenger vehicles
October 10, 1998
Patterns of highway fatalities didn't differ much in 1997 from previous years
Gender gap is beginning to narrow as more women die in motor vehicle crashes; meantime, male deaths decline
October 11, 1997
Gender fact sheet shows female motor vehicle deaths increasing
September 18, 1997
Death rates, insurance claims vary widely among vehicles
Among 1991-95 models, the Chevrolet Camaro is the passenger vehicle with the most driver deaths per 10,000 registered vehicle years. The Camaro's driver death rate during calendar years 1992-96 was almost 3 times as high as the average. Other vehicles with very high death rates are the Geo Tracker, Pontiac Firebird and two-door Hyundai Scoupe.
November 9, 1996
Driver death rates are published for 1990-94 models during the calendar period 1991-95
August 10, 1996
Fatality Facts show third year in a row of increasing motor vehicle fatalities, with deaths up in virtually every category
June 1, 1996
Fatal truck-car crashes are commonly head-on collisions
March 2, 1996
Short-term changes in crash deaths are related to the economy
October 14, 1995
Vehicle by vehicle death rate comparisons; Volvo 240 and Saab 9000 rate best among 178
August 12, 1995
Fatality facts show a slight increase in 1994 motor vehicle deaths compared with 1993
October 8, 1994
There's no such thing as the "safest" vehicle; cannot escape threat of harm in any vehicle
August 20, 1994
Trends in motor vehicle deaths since the 1970s are analyzed by vehicle type, age, and sex of drivers, alcohol involvement, and other factors
June 25, 1994
Motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of on-the-job death
July 24, 1993
1992 motor vehicle deaths are lowest since 1961, and deaths are down in virtually every vehicle category
State-by-state counts of motor vehicle deaths show wide variations
Saturday is worst day of week for motor vehicle crash deaths
September 5, 1992
Crash problem on a per mile basis
August 1, 1992
Fatality Facts focuses on 1991 motor vehicle deaths
May 2, 1992
Death rates alarmingly high; Ford Bronco II worst
Crash facts 1990
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