Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First 9 Months (Jan–Sep) of 2020

A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first 9 months of 2020 shows that an estimated 28,190 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents an increase of about 4.6 percent as compared to 26,941 fatalities reported to have occurred in the first 9 months of 2019. Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first 9 months of 2020 decreased by about 355.5 billion miles, or about a 14.5-percent decrease. The fatality rate for the first 9 months of 2020 increased to 1.35 fatalities per 100 million VMT, up from the 1.10 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first 9 months of 2019. The counts for 2019 and 2020 and the ensuing percentage change from 2019 to 2020 will be further revised as the final FARS files for 2019 are available next year. These estimates may be further refined when the projections for the whole of 2020 are released in late April 2021.


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  • Accession Number: 01762518
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 813 053
  • Created Date: Jan 19 2021 10:58AM