In traffic crashes, 32,719 people died, 2.32 million people were injured and 3.9 million crashes resulted in only property damage
There were 5.687 million traffic crashes across the country

90 people die every day—– One every 16 minutes

Of the fatalities, 65% in passenger cars and trucks, 13% motorcycles,
16% pedestrians and pedal cyclists

  •  There is an 87% seatbelt use rate nationally. Seatbelts saved over 300,000 lives since 1975. Among children, an estimated 9,874 lives were saved by child restraints during that same time frame

45 % of passenger car occupants involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained.

  • 24% of young drivers 15 -20 yrs. were legally drunk at time of crash  in 2012
  •  59% of all fatalities occur on rural roads
  • In 2012, 41% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers and 53% of their passengers were not wearing helmets at time of crash. In 2013 34% involved in a crash were speeding. That is the highest percentage of any type of vehicle

Young people’s crash fatalities down 46% since 2002

 9% of all drivers in fatal crashes were age 15-20

  • Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. In 2013, speeding was a contributing factor in 29% of all fatal crashes, and 9613 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.  Alcohol involvement was prevalent for drivers who were speeding in fatal crashes.
  • Older people (65+) made up 17% of all traffic fatalities and  10% of all injuries 75% of these crashes were during daytime hours.
  •  August is the most deadly month and February the safest. 49% of fatal crashes were on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 32% of fatal crashes happened between 3 and 9 pm

2013 National Alcohol-Related Crash Facts

10,076 people died in alcohol related traffic crashes

Testing of drivers in fatal crashes varies greatly across the US. Only 71% of fatally injured drivers were tested compared to 28% of surviving drivers.  The results are probably higher than noted here

  • Fatal crashes in 2013, the highest percentages of drivers with BAC levels of .08 g/dL or higher were recorded for drivers 21 to 30years old (49%), followed by ages 41-50 (40%) and 35 to 44 (25%).
  • Drivers with a BAC level of .08 or higher in fatal crashes were 76times more likely to have a prior conviction for DUI than drivers with no alcohol use while driving.
  • 25% of passenger vehicle drivers killed, 17% of motorcyclists and 28% of pedestrians in 2013 had BAC’s above .15g/dl

In the past 10 years, alcohol related driving has declined 23%

  • In fatal crashes in 2013, 28 percent of motorcycle riders had a BAC level of .08 g/dL or higher, as compared with 33 percent for drivers of passenger cars, 4 percent for drivers of large trucks and 36% of pedestrians
  • 31% of the fatal crashes involved alcohol; in 1982 it was 48%
  • In 2013, 5,080 passenger vehicle drivers killed had BACs of .08 or higher (“passenger vehicles” includes cars as well as light trucks, vans, SUVs, and pickups). Out of those driver fatalities for which restraint use was known, 68 percent were unrestrained. Among passenger vehicle drivers killed who had BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL the percentage of unrestrained was 53 percent, and for passenger vehicle drivers killed who had no alcohol (BAC=.00) the percentage of unrestrained was 39 percent.
  • The most frequently recorded BAC among drinking drivers in fatal crashes was .17
  • The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2013 was nearly four times higher at night than during the day

1 alcohol fatality every 52 minutes in 2013

1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2011

That is 1 out of 149 licensed drivers

  •  The 10,076 alcohol-impaired-driving (.08 or higher) fatalities in 2013 (31% of total traffic fatalities) represent a 23-percent decrease from the 13,290 alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities reported in 2001 (31% of the total).
  • Over 1.17 million drivers were arrested in 2013 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics (FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 2010). This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 181 licensed drivers in the United States (based on 2013 figures)
  • Among the 10,076 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in 2013, 68 percent (6,860) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 g/dL or higher

This information was copied from the following reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   and

More statistic can be found on the following websites

Early 2014  traffic crash info

Traffic safety fact sheets from NTHSA

National Motor vehicle crash statistics from 1990 – 2009


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


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. In fact, the fatal crash rate per mile driven is nearly twice as high for 16-17 year-olds as it is for 18-19 year-olds. But, the statistics show improvement in most all areas.

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 2,524 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. This is 71% fewer than in 1975 and 11% fewer than in 2013. About 2 out of 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 were males.

  • Since 1975 teenage motor vehicle crash deaths have decreased more among males (75%) than among females (60%)
  • In 2013, June, July and August had the highest number of teenage crash deaths of any months.
  • 54% of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2013 occurred most frequently between 6 – 9 p.m. This is a change from last year when it was 9 to midnight.  This is a change from 2010 when it was 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • In 2013, 52 percent of deaths among passenger vehicle occupants ages 16-19 were drivers.
  • Fifty-four percent of teenage passenger deaths in 2012 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 14 percent occurred when a teenager was driving.
  • In 2013, teenagers accounted for 9 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 9 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 5 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 10 percent of bicyclist deaths, and 5 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.
  • 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 alcohol concentrations. The estimated percentage of fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17 who had a BAC at or above 0.08% in 2013 was down 12%, and down 71% since 1982. Most of the decline took place in the 1980’s. This age group experienced the greatest decline in alcohol involvement compared with a 46% decline for drivers ages 18-20, a 22% decline for drivers ages 21-30, and a 35% decline for drivers older than 30.
  • Fatally injured female teenage drivers were less likely than male teenage drivers in 2013 to have high BACs. Among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-17, 13 percent of males and 10 percent of females in 2013 had BACs at or above 0.08 percent. Among fatally injured drivers ages 18-19, 30 percent of males and 16 percent of females had BACs at or above 0.08 percent.
  • In 2013, belt use among fatally injured passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 (47 percent) was higher than among fatally injured drivers ages 20-29 (41 percent) but lower than among drivers 30 and older combined (49 percent).
  • Among passenger vehicle drivers ages 16-19 involved in fatal crashes in 2013, 47 percent were involved in single-vehicle crashes. This was higher than for drivers ages 25 and older (38%).


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