Traffic safety accident rates*


Updated 3/25/19 – *Note that this measure is also a physical determinant of health

Traffic safety programs have helped to reduce fatalities per 100,000 population, including motorcyclist fatalities.  Healthy People 2020 target is to reduce pedestrian deaths on public roads ≤ 1.3 deaths.

To be included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway and must result in the death of at least one person (occupant of a vehicle or a non- occupant) within 30 days of the crash. 

Notes:

[1] Crash involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or above

[2] Crash involved only one vehicle in transport

[3] Crash involved at least one large truck

[4] Crash involved at least one vehicle speeding

[5] Crash involved at least one vehicle that rolled over

[6] Crash involved at least one vehicle that departed the roadway (FHWA definition)

[7] Crash occurred within an intersection/approach to an intersection

Notes:

  • Boating and airline crashes are not included in County Health Rankings;  ranking data before 2015 may not becomparable due to fatality code data included

  • County Health Ranking year data are lagged 3 years, using 6-year averages

Source:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System;

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