Traffic Safety Facts 2016 Data: Passenger Vehicles

There were 23,714 passenger vehicle occupants who died in traffic crashes in 2016. Among the passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016 in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 57 percent were passenger car occupants and 43 percent were light truck occupants. Occupant fatality rates per 100,000 registered vehicles from 2015 to 2016 increased by 4 percent for passenger cars and 1 percent for light trucks. Among light-truck categories, occupant fatality rates increased by 9 percent for vans, decreased by 1 percent for sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and remained roughly the same for pickup trucks. Eighty-one percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed in fatal crashes in 2016. Among passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2016, the percentage of fatalities in rollover crashes was highest for SUVs (49%), followed by pickup trucks (43%), vans (28%), and passenger cars (22%). When a passenger car and a light truck hit head-on in 2016, an occupant was 3.1 times more frequently to be killed in the passenger car than in the light truck. Drivers of pickup trucks had the highest percentage of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes (22%) compared to other passenger vehicle drivers (21% for passenger cars, 19% for SUVs, and 12% for vans) in 2016. This fact sheet contains information on fatal motor vehicle crashes and fatalities, based on data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).


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  • Created Date: May 14 2018 12:34PM