FATAL ACCIDENT REPORTING SYSTEM (FARS) 1975-PRESENT

FARS is a computerized file which can be easily accessed by means of statistical packages such as Table Producing Language (TPL) and Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). On-line data are used by Highway SAF Community/Public through NHTSA. Reports for internal use only sources consist of police accident reports, drivers license files, registration files, vital statistics files, and highway dept files. This system is designed to collect data for research and analysis of the accident environment. The accident environment includes information about the accident scene, all vehicles, and all persons physically involved in the accident. This information is used to identify problem areas such as conditions which are present in fatal accidents which contribute to the occurrence of the accident. The information is also used to evaluate the effect of safety countermeasure programs and of highway improvements. Trends over time or emerging patterns can be detected and their significance analyzed. Information on all fatal accidents occurring in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico is contained in the file. It contains about 250,000 records for approximately 40,000 fatal accidents. The file is updated monthly until it is complete. (TSC)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    Technical Services Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00320187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Statistical Reference File, TSC
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monthly
  • Files: TSR, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1981 12:00AM