The number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes has been falling. The annual tolls for 2010, 2011 and 2012 were the lowest recorded since 1975, when the U.S. Department of Transportation began collecting detailed fatality data.

Fatality rates per population and per mile traveled have dropped even more rapidly. The crash death rate per population has fallen by almost half since 1975, while the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled went from 3.35 in 1975 to 1.14 in 2012.

More men than women die in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in risky practices.