• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.