Fatality Statistics


  • A total of 33,808 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Another 2.22 million people were injured.
  • Per 100,000 population, persons 21 to 24 years old had the highest fatality rate, and persons 16 to 20 years old had the highest injury rate. Children 5 to 9 years old had the lowest fatality rate, and children under 5 years old had the lowest injury rate per 100,000 population.
  • For every age group, the fatality rate per 100,000 population was lower for females than for males. The injury rate based on population was higher for females than for males in every age group, except for people over 74 years old.
  • Of the persons who were killed in traffic crashes in 2009, 32 percent died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
  • The majority of persons killed or injured in traffic crashes were drivers (63 percent), followed by passengers (28 percent), motorcycle riders (4 percent), pedestrians (3 percent), and pedalcyclists (2 percent).

To verify the information/charts below, or to learn more about this data please refer to: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811402EE.pdf

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