Table 2-21: Passenger Car Occupant Safety Data

Table 2-21: Passenger Car Occupant Safety Data

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002a 2003
Fatalities 25,929 27,449 23,212 24,092 22,385 21,387 21,566 21,997 22,423 22,505 22,199 21,194 20,862 20,699 (R) 20,320 (R) 20,569 19,460
Injured personsE N N N 2,376,439 2,234,594 2,231,703 2,264,809 2,363,595 2,469,358 2,458,080 2,340,612 2,201,375 2,137,503 2,051,609 1,926,625 1,804,788 1,756,495
CrashesE N N N 5,560,592 5,178,450 5,042,203 5,040,116 5,401,164 5,593,685 5,598,699 5,423,286 5,146,124 4,915,734 4,926,243 4,831,727 4,802,056 4,746,307
Vehicle-miles (millions) 1,030,376 1,107,056 1,248,981 1,427,178 1,411,655 1,436,035 1,445,106 1,459,208 1,478,352 1,499,139 1,528,399 1,555,901 1,566,808 1,580,493 (R) 1,593,459 1,608,464 U
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                                  
Fatalities 2.5 2.5 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 U
Injured personsE N N N R166 158 155 157 162 167 164 153 141 136 130 (R) 121 112 U
CrashesE N N N 390 367 351 349 370 378 373 355 331 314 312 (R) 303 299 U

KEY: E = estimated; N = data do not exist; R = revised; U = data are not available.

a The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) typically revises its most recent annual estimates the following year. The data here remain unrevised from the date of publication, but may be revised in the future.

NOTE

Vehicle-miles in this table and in table 2-23 are taken from NHTSA revised data and are not based exclusively on USDOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data. The change was made to reflect the different vehicle classification schemes used by FHWA and NHTSA. Thus, vehicle-miles for passenger cars, and light and large trucks in this table and table 2-23 should not be compared with vehicle-miles in chapter 1, which are taken directly from FHWA.

SOURCES

Fatalities, injuries, vehicle miles, fatality and injury rates:

1975-2003: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts 2002, DOT HS 809 620 (Washington, DC: December 2003), table 7, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSFAnn/TSF2002Final.pdf as of Oct. 13, 2004 and personal communication Nov. 17, 2004.

2003: Ibid., Traffic Safety Facts 2003: Overview, DOT HS 809 767 (Washington, DC: 2004), table 1, Internet site http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSF2003/809767 as of Oct. 13, 2004 and personal communication Nov. 17, 2004.

Crashes:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Fatality Analysis Reporting System Database and General Estimates System Database, personal communication, Nov. 17, 2004.

Crash rates:

Calculated by U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics by dividing the number of crashes by the vehicle-miles traveled.