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JUST RELEASED: Research Notes, Crash*Stats & Reports

  • 2012 'Overview' Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (DOT HS 812 016), In 2012, 33,561 people were killed in the estimated 5,615,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes; 2,362,000 people were injured; and 3,950,000 crashes resulted in property damage only. Compared to 2011, this is a 3.3-percent increase in the number of fatalities, and a 5.2-percent increase in the number of police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes, a 6.5-percent increase in the number of people injured, and a 4.6-percent increase in crashes resulting in property damage. An average of 92 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2012 — one every 16 minutes.
  • Not-in-Traffic Surveillance: Fatality and Injury Statistics in Nontraffic Crashes, 2008-2011 (DOT HS 811 813), Based on the Not-in-Traffic Surveillance (NiTS) system, on an average, 1,621 people were killed each year in nontraffic motor vehicle crashes during the four year period, 2008 to 2011. About 39 percent of these people were nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, on an aver¬age, 91,000 people were injured in these crashes each year, of which 35 percent were nonoccupants.
  • Not-in-Traffic Surveillance: Child Fatality and Injury in Nontraffic Crashes – 2008-2011 Statistics (DOT HS 811 812), The Not-in-Traffic Surveillance (NiTS) data show that during the four-year period, 2008 to 2011, nontraffic motor vehicle crashes killed an estimated 1,043 children 14 and younger. Additionally, an estimated 30,000 children of this age group were injured in these crashes. About 85 percent of the killed and 60 percent of the injured children were nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Among the nonoccupant children killed, a vast majority (84%) were younger children (4 and younger). The data used in this note is a subset of the data that was used in the crash*stats on overall NiTS data.
  • Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2012 “Children” (DOT HS 812 011), During 2012, there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States. Children 14 and younger accounted for 1,168 (3%) of those traffic fatalities, which is a 3-percent increase from the 1,139 fatalities in 2011. In 2012, there were 169,000 children 14 and younger injured, which is a 1-percent decrease from 171,000 children injured in 2011.
  • Distracted Driving 2012 (DOT HS 812 012), Ten percent of fatal crashes, 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2012 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. In 2012, there were 3,328 people killed and an estimated additional 421,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involv¬ing distracted drivers. Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but dis¬tracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls, to name but a few. A distraction-affected crash is any crash in which a driver was identified as distracted at the time of the crash.
  • 2012 Older Population Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (DOT HS 812 005), In 2012, there were 5,560 people 65 and older killed and 214,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. These older people made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 9 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2011, fatalities among people 65 and older and injured people in this age group increased by 16 percent.
  • Quick Facts 2012 (DOT HS 812 006), The 2012 Quick Facts publications provides a quick reference to the most-asked questions regarding motor vehicle traffic fatalities and crashes. This publication provides the most current data at your fingertips.
  • NHTSA/NCSA Crash*Stat: "Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Nine Months of 2013" (DOT HS 812 004), A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2013 shows that an estimated 24,270 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 3.7 percent as compared to the 25,214 fatalities that were reported to have occurred in the first nine months of 2012. The data used in this analysis comes from several sources: NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Fast¬FARS (FF), and Monthly Fatality Counts (MFC); and from FHWA’s VMT estimates.
  • NHTSA/NCSA’s "School Transportation-Related Crashes" 2012 Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (DOT HS 811 890), Since 2003 there were 348,253 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,222 (0.35%) were classified as school-transportation-related. Since 2003, there have been 1,353 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 135 fatalities per year. Occupants of school transportation vehicles accounted for 8 percent of the fatalities, and nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • “Occupant Protection” 2012 Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (DOT HS 811 892), In 2012, there were 21,667 occupants of passenger vehicles (passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs) who died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of the 21,667 total occupants killed, 9,679 were restrained. Restraint use was not known for 1,653 occupants. Looking only at occupants where the restraint status was known, 52 percent were unrestrained at the time of the crashes.
  • Report to Congress: NHTSA’s NASS Data Needs (DOT HS 811 889), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was directed to submit a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that “evaluates the deficiencies of the National Automotive Sampling System’s Crashworthiness Data System (NASS CDS) data collection program based on current levels of case investigations and analyzes the improvements in the program that could be achieved through increased levels of case investigation and data collection.” This report fulfills that direction.
  • NHTSA/NCSA Research Note “Driver Electronic Device Use in 2012” (DOT HS 811 884), The percentage of drivers text-messaging or visibly manip¬ulating hand-held devices increased from 1.3 percent in 2011 to 1.5 percent in 2012; however, this was not a sta¬tistically significant increase. Driver hand-held cell phone use remained unchanged at 5 percent in 2012. The 2012 NOPUS found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be higher among female drivers than male drivers. It also found that hand-held cell phone use continued to be highest among 16- to 24-year-olds and lowest among drivers 70 and older.
  • 2012 Traffic Safety Fact Sheet; Large Trucks (DOT HS 811 868), In 2012, there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds). In the United States, 317,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012. This fact sheets provides the 2012 data with a focus on Large Trucks.
  • Find All NCSA Studies, Reports & Publications in CATS, Our Customer Automated Tracking System (CATS) is where you will find: • Traffic Safety Fact Sheets • FARS/GES Reports • Research Notes and Crash*Stats • Technical Reports • Annual Assessments • Documentation and Manuals for FARS, GES, and NASS-CDS. Customers may also leave a customized data request if you are unable to find what you are looking for.

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