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Facts & Statistics

Image of trafficMotor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Americans 1-34 years old. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the total societal cost of crashes exceeds $230 billion annually. Contributing to the death toll are alcohol, speed, and various other driver behaviors plus the kinds of vehicles people drive and the roads on which they travel.

Links to facts, statistics and data on a variety of highway safety related topics are provided below. Information on a variety of searchable databases is also available to assist you in finding other sources of facts, statistics and data.

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Fact Sheets from NHTSA

Traffic Safety Fact Sheets

Page last modified on October 15, 2014.
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