The national stats for 2019 are not available at this time

In traffic crashes, 36,560 people died; a 2.4% decrease from 2017

There were over 6 million traffic crashes across the country

100 people die every day—– One every 14 minutes

Of the fatalities, 35% in passenger cars and 27% in light trucks, 14% motorcycles,

 20% pedestrians, 2% bicyclists and 4% large trucks. A decrease from 2017 except for pedestrians, bicyclist and large trucks


  • There is an 90% seatbelt use rate nationally. Seatbelts saved over 300,000 lives since 1975. Among children, an estimated 10,000 lives were saved by child restraints during that same time frame.
  • It is interesting to note that 39% of those killed in daytime crashes and 56% in nighttime crashes were unrestrained. But in those crashes where the occupants survived only 12% in daytime and 15% in nighttime were unrestrained. It is lifesaving to wear a seatbelt.
  • The fatality rate nationally per 100 million VMT (vehicle miles traveled) decreased 3.4 percent from 1.17 in 2017 to 1.13 in 2018


10,511 people died in alcohol related traffic crashes in 2018, a 2.4% decrease from 2017

In national data an alcohol related crash is a crash involving a driver or operator whose bac was .08 or above. This is different than what the definition is for Minnesota.

Testing of drivers in fatal crashes varies greatly across the US. Not all fatally injured drivers were tested.  The results are probably higher than noted here.


Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes

2018 Data: Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes (

2018 data on passenger vehicles

2018 Data: Passenger Vehicles (

Data on Motorcycle Crashes

2018 Data: Motorcycles (

Data on 2018 State Statistics

2018 Data: State Traffic Data Factsheet (

2018 Data on Bicyclist crashes

2018 Data: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists

2018 Alcohol Impaired Driving

2018 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving (

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AAA Resource for Driving laws in North America

The AAA Digest of Motor Laws is an online compendium

of laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor

vehicle in the United States and Canada


* information is not available for 2019 at this time

In the United States, teenagers drive less than all but the oldest people, but their numbers of crashes and crash deaths are disproportionately high.  In the United States, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19-year-olds is nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. Risk is highest at ages 16-17.

The definition of a “teen involved” crash is any crash with at least one teen driver of any motor vehicle involved. It does not mean that the teen caused the crash.

A total of 2,476 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2018. This is 72% fewer than in 1975 and 10% fewer than in 2017. About 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were males, and among females 59%


Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths

  • Passenger vehicle occupant 1,931
  • Pedestrian 251
  • Motorcyclist 151
  • Bicyclist 64
  • ATV 35
  • Other                                         44

In 2018, 57% of the deaths of teenage passengers in passenger vehicles occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 12% occurred when a teenager was driving.


16 -18-year-old drivers wear seatbelts more than 19- and 20-year-old drivers.

For fatalities, July is the most dangerous month and weekend the most dangerous days and 6p to midnight the most dangerous hours for fatalities.


Young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, but their crash risk is substantially higher when they do. This is especially true at low and moderate blood alcohol concentrations (BACs).  The estimated percentage of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17 who had BACs at or above 0.08 percent in 2018 was 16 percent, down 61 percent since 1982. Most of this decline took place in the 1980s. This age group experienced a similar decline in alcohol involvement as drivers ages 18-20 (61 percent). These age groups experienced a larger decline in alcohol involvement than drivers ages 21-30 (33 percent and drivers over age 30 (42 percent).


For more information on 2018 national teen driving statistics go to

Teenagers (