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 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
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 20,320 20,569 19,725 19,192 (R) 18,512 17,925 16,520
Injured persons 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 1,642,549 1,573,000 1,475,000 1,379,000
Vehicles involved in crashes 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 4,831,842 4,802,056 4,746,620 4,557,316 6,087,000 5,864,000 5,745,000
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 1,580,735 1,595,443 1,611,860 1,612,237 (R) 1,628,266 (R) 1,615,225 1,614,564 1,605,558
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 1.2 1.2 (R) 1 1.1 1.0
Injured persons N N N 167 158 155 157 162 167 164 153 141 136 130 121 112 109 101 (R) 97 91 86
Vehicles involved in crashes N N N 390 367 351 349 370 378 373 355 331 314 312 303 298 294 280 (R) 377 363 358

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

NOTES

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, and vehicle miles:

1975-2007: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Final Edition, DOT HS 811 002 (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 7, available at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of March 2009.

Vehicles involved in crashes:

1975-2004: 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, May 25, 2006.

2005-2007: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts, Final Edition, (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table 35, available at http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/ as of March 2009.