Traffic Safety Facts 2016 Data: Children

This fact sheet contains information on fatal motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). FARS is a census of fatal crashes in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico is not included in U.S. totals). Injury estimates are not available for 2016, thus no injury estimates will be presented in this publication.Key finding: Of the 37,461 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2016 in the United States, 1,233 (3%) were children 14 and younger. There were 1,233 children killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, an 8-percent increase from 1,144 in 2015 and a 27-percent decrease from 1,680 in 2007. On average, 3 children were killed every day in traffic crashes in 2016. Based on known restraint use in2016, when the drivers involved in fatal crashes were unrestrained, 66 percent of the children were also unrestrained. Of the 23,714 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016 in fatal crashes, 826 (3%) were children.Based on known restraint use, of these 826 child occupant fatalities,289 (38%) were unrestrained. Of the 5,987 pedestrian traffic fatalities, 245 (4%) were children in 2016. Of the 840 pedalcyclist traffic fatalities, 59 (7%) were children in 2016. Of the 1,233 children killed in traffic crashes, 214 children (17%) were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving.


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  • Accession Number: 01662827
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 491
  • Created Date: Mar 16 2018 9:53AM