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
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
Injured persons N N N 2,376,000 2,235,000 2,232,000 2,265,000 2,364,000 2,469,000 2,458,000 2,341,000 2,201,000 2,138,000 2,052,000
Vehicles involved in crashes N N N 8,357,652 7,730,251 7,521,838 7,450,134 7,928,000 8,165,000 8,284,000 8,050,000 7,470,000 6,935,000 6,891,000
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
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
Injured persons N N N 166 158 155 157 162 167 164 153 141 136 130
Vehicles involved in crashes N N N 586 548 524 516 543 552 553 527 480 442 435

 

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Fatalities 20,320 20,569 19,725 19,192 18,512 17,925 16,614 14,646 13,135 12,491 12,014 12,361 12,037 11,926
Injured persons 1,927,000 1,805,000 1,756,000 1,643,000 1,573,000 1,475,000 1,379,000 1,304,000 1,216,000 1,253,000 1,240,000 1,328,000 1,296,000 1,292,000
Vehicles involved in crashes 6,705,000 6,606,000 6,511,000 6,232,000 6,087,000 5,864,000 5,745,000 5,575,000 5,211,000 5,350,000 5,328,000 5,577,000 5,669,000 5,982,000
Vehicle-miles (millions) 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 1,369,810 1,377,486 1,384,194 1,396,098
Rates per 100 million vehicle-miles                            
Fatalities 1.27 1.27 1.22 1.18 1.14 1.11 1.07 0.96 0.87 0.83 0.88 0.90 0.87 0.85
Injured persons 121 112 109 101 97 91 89 86 81 83 91 96 94 93
Vehicles involved in crashes 420 409 404 382 376 363 370 366 345 355 389 405 410 428

KEY: N = data do not exist.

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.

In 2011, the Federal Highway Administration implemented an enhanced methodology for estimating registered vehicles and vehicle miles traveledby vehicle type. These revisions were applied to data from 2007 and later. In some cases the changes were significant and should be taken into account whencomparing registered vehicle counts and/or vehicle miles traveled for 2006 and earlier years with the numbers for 2007 and later years. Due to an enhancementin the passenger vehicle registration data provided by R.L. Polk & Co. for 2011 and later, registration counts for those years changed considerably from thecounts provided for 2010 and earlier years. This should be taken into account when comparing registration numbers and rates per registered vehicle forpassenger cars for 2010 and earlier years with those for 2011 and later years.

Occupants injured and vehicle counts are estimates and have been rounded to the nearest 1000 by source.

SOURCES

Fatalities, Injured Persons and Vehicle miles:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts (Yearly Release), Table 7 & 36, avaliable at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/#/ as of Mar. 30, 2017.

Vehicles Involved in crashed:

1990-93: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, personal communications, June 7, 2012, May 22, 2013, June 16, 2014, and March. 15, 2016.

2004-14: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, Traffic Safety Facts (Yearly Release), Table 36, avaliable at https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/#/ as of Mar. 30, 2017.