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2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview

Traffic Safety Facts Research Note (DOT HS 812 318)


This Research Note provides a brief overview of the 2015 fatal crash picture using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a census of motor vehicle fatal traffic crashes in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System (NASS GES), a nationally representative sample of police reported motor vehicle crashes. Information is presented in the following sections.

  • Overall Trends
  • Fatality and Injury Rates
  • Police-Reported Crashes
  • Change in Fatality Composition
  • Fatality and Injury Changes by Person Type
  • Inside Versus Outside the Vehicle
  • Fatal Crash Types
  • Human Choices
  • Alcohol-Impaired-Driving Fatalities and Drivers
  • Restraint Use and Time of Day
  • Economic and Other Indicators
  • Additional Facts
  • State Distribution of Fatalities and Alcohol-Impaired-
    Driving Fatalities