Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2019

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2019 shows that an estimated 8,110 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 1.1 percent as compared to 8,200 fatalities that were projected to have occurred in the first quarter of 2018, as shown in Table 1. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first 3 months of 2019 increased by about 3.6 billion miles, or about a 0.5-percent increase. Also shown in Table 1 are the fatality rates per 100 million VMT, by quarter. The fatality rate for the first quarter of 2019 decreased to 1.09 fatalities per 100 million VMT, down from the projected rate of 1.11 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first quarter of 2018. The first quarter of 2019 represents the eighth consecutive quarter with year to-year decreases in fatalities and the fatality rate. The actual counts for 2018 and 2019 and the ensuing percentage change from 2018 to 2019 will be further revised as the annual reporting FARS files for 2018 are available later this year, as well as when the final file for 2018 and the annual reporting file for 2019 are available next year. These estimates will be further refined when the projections for the first 6 months of 2019 are released in late September.


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  • Accession Number: 01715432
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 783
  • Created Date: Aug 21 2019 9:06AM