Table 4 Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes by Number of Vehicles and Alcohol Involvement: 2003

Table 4 Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes by Number of Vehicles and Alcohol Involvement: 2003

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Number
of vehicles
Fatalitiesa Alcohol
involvementb
Percentc
Occupants 37,132 14,476 39
Single-vehicle crashes 18,175 8,939 49
Two-vehicle crashes 15,795 4,606 29
More than two-vehicle crashes 3,162 931 29
Pedestrians 4,749 2,253 47
Single-vehicle crashes 4,288 2,014 47
Multiple-vehicle crashes 457 239 52
Pedalcyclists 622 238 38
Single-vehicle crashes 589 220 37
Multiple-vehicle crashes 33 19 55
Others/unknown 140 46 33
Total 42,643 17,013 40

a Fatalities in all crashes.

b Fatalities in crashes that involve alcohol.

c Percentage of all crash fatalities that involve alcohol.

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-related if at least one driver or nonoccupant (such as a pedestrian or pedalcyclist) involved in the crash is determined to have had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 grams per deciliter or greater.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates alcohol involvement when test results are unknown.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database, personal communication, October 2004.