The number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes has fallen over the last decade. The death toll in 2017 was 15 percent lower than it was in 2005, when it began a sharp decline.

Fatality rates per population and per mile traveled have dropped even more rapidly. The crash death rate per population has fallen by nearly half since the 1970s and declined 3 percent from 2016 to 2017.

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.