2-3 Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes by Person Type, Crash Type, and Alcohol Involvement: 2008

2-3 Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes by Person Type, Crash Type, and Alcohol Involvement: 2008

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Crash Category Fatalities in categorya Alcohol involvementb Percentc
Occupants 31,979 12,963 40.5
Single-vehicle crashes 17,058 8,591 50.4
Two-vehicle crashes 12,594 3,656 29.0
More than two-vehicle crashes 2,327 716 30.8
Pedestrians 4,378 2,150 49.1
Single-vehicle crashes 3,965 1,906 48.1
Multiple-vehicle crashes 413 245 59.3
Pedalcyclists 716 268 37.4
Single-vehicle crashes 688 252 36.6
Multiple-vehicle crashes 28 16 57.1
Others/unknown 188 58 30.9
Total 37,261 15,438 41.4

a Fatalities in all crashes whether or not alcohol was involved. b Fatalities in crashes that involve alcohol. c Percentage of all crash fatalities in category 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 (e.g., 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 2009 as cited in USDOT, RITA, BTS, National Transportation Statistics, table 2-20, available at http://www.bts.gov as of January 2010.