Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities For the First Quarter of 2023

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2023 shows that an estimated 9,330 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 3.3 percent as compared to 9,645 fatalities projected to have occurred in the first quarter of 2022. The first quarter of 2023 represents the fourth straight quarterly decline in fatalities after 7 consecutive quarters of year-to-year increases in fatalities, beginning with the third quarter of 2020. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first 3 months of 2023 increased by about 19.3 billion miles, or about a 2.6-percent increase. The fatality rate for the first quarter of 2023 decreased to 1.24 fatalities per 100 million VMT, down from the projected rate of 1.32 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first quarter of 2022. For the NHTSA Regional differences, all 10 Regions are estimated to have had decreases in fatalities and the fatality rate per 100 million VMT in the first quarter of 2023 as compared to the first quarter of 2022. Also, 32 States are projected to have had decreases in fatalities. The actual counts for 2022 and 2023 and the ensuing percentage changes from 2022 to 2023 will be further revised as the annual reporting FARS files for 2022 are available later this year, as well as when the Final File for 2022 and the Annual Reporting File for 2023 are available next year. These estimates will be further refined when the projections for the first 6 months of 2023 are released in late September.


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  • Accession Number: 01886103
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 813 482
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2023 2:14PM