Traffic Safety Facts 2012 Data: Children

During 2012, there were a total of 33,561 traffic fatalities in the United States. Children 14 and younger accounted for 1,168 (3%) of those traffic fatalities, which is a 3-percent increase from the 1,139 fatalities in 2011. In 2012, there were 169,000 children 14 and younger injured, which is a 1-percent decrease from 171,000 children injured in 2011. In 2012, there were 61 million children 14 and younger in the United States, 19 percent of the total U.S. resident population. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and every age 11 through 14 (based on 2009 figures, which is the latest mortality data available from the National Center for Health Statistics). An average of 3 children 14 and younger were killed and 462 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes during 2012. From 2003 to 2012, the number of fatalities in the 14-and-younger age group decreased by 45 percent, with the 8- to 14-year-old age group showing the largest decrease (53%). In the 14-and-younger age group, males accounted for 56 percent of the fatalities and 51 percent of those injured in motor vehicle crashes during 2012. Additional statistics on children killed or injured in traffic crashes in 2012 are provided in this traffic safety fact sheet.


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  • Accession Number: 01526355
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 011
  • Created Date: May 6 2014 9:27AM