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 2008 2009 2010 (R) 2011 (P) 2012
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 18,512 17,925 16,614 14,646 13,135 12,491 12,014 12,271
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 1,573,396 1,474,536 1,379,181 1,304,006 1,216,478 1,252,616 1,239,624 1,328,053
Vehicles involved in crashes N N N 8,357,652 7,730,251 7,521,838 7,450,134 7,941,408 8,280,008 8,195,337 7,882,940 7,469,979 6,934,880 6,890,883 6,705,248 6,606,335 6,511,497 6,231,793 6,087,389 5,864,242 5,745,587 5,574,979 5,211,070 5,350,198 5,328,474 5,576,618
Vehicle-miles (millions) 1,030,376 1,107,056 1,248,980 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 1,569,455 1,583,127 1,596,579 1,613,749 1,613,543 1,629,955 1,616,908 1,616,328 1,554,673 1,524,331 1,510,339 1,507,716 1,369,898 1,377,833
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                                                    
Fatalities 2.52 2.48 1.86 1.69 1.59 1.49 1.49 1.51 1.52 1.50 1.45 1.36 1.33 1.31 1.27 1.27 1.22 1.18 1.14 1.11 1.07 0.96 0.87 0.83 0.88 0.89
Injured persons N N N 167 158 155 157 162 167 164 153 141 136 130 121 112 109 101 97 91 89 86 81 83 90 96
Vehicles involved in crashes N N N 586 548 524 516 544 560 547 516 480 442 435 420 409 404 382 376 363 370 366 345 355 389 405

KEY: N = data do not exist; P = preliminary; 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. Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles figures may differ from those in the source data due to rounding by the source. Vehicles involved in crashes figures in this table are not comparable to figures in previous editions due to a change in the source.

SOURCES

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, personal communications, Jun. 7, 2012, May 22, 2013, and June 16, 2014.