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1-7 Highway Crashes Involving Distraction by Severity: 2005-2010

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  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Fatal Crashes            
Overall 39,252 38,648 37,435 34,172 30,797 30,196
Distraction 4,026 5,245 5,329 5,307 4,898 2,843
Percentage 10.3 13.6 14.2 15.5 15.9 9.4
Injury Crashes            
Overall 1,816,000 1,746,000 1,711,000 1,630,000 1,517,000 1,542,000
Distraction 399,000 339,000 309,000 314,000 307,000 279,000
Percentage 22.0 19.4 18.1 19.3 20.2 18.1
Property Damage Only Crashes            
Overall 4,304,000 4,189,000 4,275,000 4,146,000 3,957,000 3,847,000
Distraction 900,000 676,000 689,000 650,000 647,000 618,000
Percentage 20.9 16.1 16.1 15.7 16.4 16.1


Notes: Crashes involving distraction in 2010 should not be compared to crashes involving distraction for prior years due to significant changes in data collection and methodology. Fatal crashes include those in which at least one person was killed. Injury crashes include nonfatal crashes in which at least one person was injured. Crashes include single-vehicle, multi-vehicle, pedestrian-vehicle, and bicycle-vehicle crashes. Fatal crash data are reported in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census providing data regarding fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. Injury and property damage only crash data are estimates from the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) General Estimates System (GES), a nationally representative sample of police reported motor vehicle crashes.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Distracted Driving available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811650.pdf accessed October 2012.