State Data Program & CODES
Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES)
Injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes remain a major public health problem. These injuries cause unnecessary burden of increased taxes and insurance premiums. They can be prevented, or reduced, but only if we understand their type, severity and cost in relation to the characteristics of the crash, vehicles, and persons involved. Crash data alone do not indicate the injury problem in terms of the medical and financial consequences. By linking crash, vehicle, and behavior characteristics to their specific medical and financial outcomes, we can identify prevention factors.
State Data Systems
The State Data System supports NHTSA’s efforts to identify traffic safety problems, help develop and implement vehicle and driver countermeasures, evaluate motor vehicle standards, and to study crash avoidance issues, crashworthiness issues, and regulations. The State Data System provides essential crash information detail that complements national data collection programs such as FARS and NASS GES. Crash data can be linked to other traffic records and injury outcome data to generate information about the environment of the crash and the medical and financial outcome of persons injured in the crash.