us fatal auto accident statistics
The population of the United States has grown steadily since 1975. However, the rate of fatal car accidents since 1975 has steadily gone down, indicating increases in vehicle safety and driver awareness, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
By 2010, the rate of fatal car accidents per 100,000 U.S. residents had reached an all-time low since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began collecting data in 1975. Overall, the rate of deadly crashes declined 48 percent, from 20.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 1975 to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010. Per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, the rate of death was 1.11 in 2010, down from 3.35 in 1975 and representing another historic low. Read the rest »